Jose Mourinho says he preferred living in a hotel rather than home alone at Manchester United because the only thing he can cook is fried eggs and sausages

Jose Mourinho says he isn't the best cook.

Jose Mourinho says he isn’t the best cook.
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Jose Mourinho is excellent at managing football teams.

Cooking and cleaning, however? Not his forte, apparently.

That is why the newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur boss says he preferred living in a hotel during his stay at Manchester United rather than in a home on his own.

Mourinho managed United between May 2016 and December 2018, during which time he lodged permanently in a luxury apartment in The Lowry Hotel, Salford.

His family remained in London, and his failure to plant permanent roots in the city led to accusations he was unhappy in Manchester.

However, Mourinho insists that wasn’t the case, and staying in catered accommodation, which was a 12 minute drive from Old Trafford, was the perfect foil for his lack of culinary expertise.

“I would be unhappy if I was in a house on my own. I would have to clean, I don’t want that,” he said, according to The Telegraph.

“I would have to clean, I don’t want to. I would have to iron, I don’t know how to. I have to cook, I would cook fried eggs and sausages – that’s the only thing I can do. I would be very unhappy.”

Mourinho paid around $1,040 per night to stay in one of the Lowry’s “Riverside suites”, according to the Manchester Evening News.

And having spent a total of 895 nights there, according to Quartz, his bill upon check out would have surpassed $930,000.

However it appears to have been a price worth paying, with the luxury dwelling having catered to Mourinho’s every need.

“I lived in an amazing apartment, it was not a room. It was mine all the time, it was not like after one week I had to leave. No, it was mine. I left everything there, I had my television, my books, my computer. It was a flat, with ‘bring me a coffee latte, please’ or ‘I don’t want to go down for dinner, bring my dinner up.’

“I was watching football or doing work with one of my assistants and I would ask ‘bring us food.’ I had everything. If I was in an apartment alone it would be much more difficult. I was fine, more than fine.”

Mourinho took charge of Tottenham, his third club in England after Chelsea and United, on November 20, and has since won all three games he has taken charge of.

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