The Red Devils manager is staying in a hotel and is finding it difficult to adjust to being apart from his family, who have stayed behind in London.
Jose Mourinho has described his living arrangements in Manchester as a “disaster” as his wife and children remain in London while he stays in the Lowry Hotel.
The Portuguese was appointed as United manager at the end of last season to replace Louis van Gaal, and the former Chelsea boss is having to adjust to being apart from his family.
He does not envisage his family joining him in Manchester in the near future and he also has a regular paparazzi presence for company at the hotel.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The reality is that my daughter will be 20 next week. My son will be 17 in a couple of months. They are very stable… university in London, football in London, friends.
“So, they are at an age where they can’t chase me like they did before. So, for the first time, the family lives in a different way. We try to feel it, we try to see the evolution of our feelings and see how we cope with the situation.
“But maybe, if I can get a good apartment… not these giant houses that the press says I’m going to buy. I will never buy that! But if I find a nice apartment with a good connection from the garage to the apartment, maybe I do it – but I can’t cook!”
He added: “You know the history of the paparazzi. For the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, it’s amazing because they are there every day.
“Everybody knows the name of the hotel. Everybody knows the last arrivals of that brand. So, for them, it is amazing.
“For me, it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t. I just want to cross the bridge and go to a restaurant. I can’t, so it is really bad.
“But I have my apps and I can ask for food to also be delivered, which I do sometimes.”