Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to live in a hotel during his time as manager of Manchester United.

The Portuguese returns to Old Trafford for the first time since his release in December 2018, when his new Spurs club comes to visit on Wednesday evening.

Mourinho was released almost 12 months ago after a poor start into the season, which was fueled by a locker room in the midst of a dispute with Paul Pogba.

The 56-year-old, who finished second to United in the season in which the Manchester City winner scored 100 points, received criticism for his stay at the Lowry Hotel in Salford.

But he defended it and said that it was far better than the alternative.

"Do you know how unhappy I would be? I would be unhappy if I were alone in a house, "he said.

"I would have to clean, I do not want to, I would have to iron, I do not know how, I have to cook, I would cook fried eggs and sausages – that's the only thing I can do.

"I would be very unhappy. I stayed in a great apartment, it was not a room. It was mine all the time.

"It was not like I had to leave after a week.

"No, it was mine. I left everything there, I had my TV, my books, my computer. It was an apartment that said, "Bring me a coffee latte," or "I do not want to go down to dinner, bring my dinner."

"I was watching soccer or working with one of my assistants and I asked, bring us food."

"I had everything when I was alone in an apartment, it would be much harder. I was fine, more than fine. "

Mourinho has not commented on his dismissal at Old Trafford and has continued to seek advice in preparation for Wednesday's game in which he continued to press his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Instead, he just talked about how he studied his time at the club to learn.

"I did my best. Of course I analyze it, I've met my assistants, we analyze everything, when we analyze it, it was very positive and constructive, "he said.

"In the analysis, I forbid them to blame someone other than us. Concentrate on us. Do not concentrate on the club, do not concentrate on the players, just focus on us.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meets Mourinho at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett / PA)

"What could we do better, what can we do better in the future, where we need to improve. It was very constructive.

"The point is that you win or learn that you do not lose, that's how I feel. It was good because I managed to win something, to do something beautiful and something beautiful.

"On the other hand, I've learned, and I think I'm a better coach now than back then."

"These are decisions that clubs make, and as managers, we just have to accept.

"In my experience, especially now in this case, it is important that you do not blame anyone after your release.

"They try to understand why, they try to understand what you can do better, and you try to better prepare for the future by analyzing what has happened in the past. That happened to me. "

When Mourinho signed up with Spurs, who had led to three wins in his first three games, he also agreed to become part of the Amazon All or Nothing documentary.

The Portuguese also announced that he did some work for Netflix before joining the club.

He said mischievously in his microphone, "But Amazon guys, they can not know."

"I also do an episode for Netflix, that's right – eight coaches from eight different sports.

"I've already filmed it, I do not know when it's coming out.

"My part is done. NBA, F1, tennis, NFL, rugby, not cricket! "

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