Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he loves early football kick-offs.
Mourinho’s side will meet Wigan Athletic at 1.30pm on July 16 in their pre-season tour and will also face Borussia Dortmund at 1.00pm on July 22 before they come up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on July 25 at 12.30pm.
The Portuguese boss will also enjoy his time in the Premier League as Four of United’s six opening league fixtures kick-off before 2pm in August and September.
Speaking about the fixtures, Mourinho insists he didn’t enjoy the wait for matches in Spain.
“If you ask me about the one match I really love it’s the early kick-off,” he said.
“I love that. I love to wake up early in the morning, go for breakfast, go to the bus, go to the game, play the game and win if it’s possible, and go home and that’s it, game over. I like that.
“I don’t like to wait for my matches. In my time in Spain I had some matches where we played at 10pm and I had one Super Cup match against Barcelona which started one day and didn’t finish until the next.
“We started at 10pm, it went to extra-time and the game finished the next day! I hate this. I hate to wait a long day for the match but the reality is it doesn’t matter when the game starts. When it starts for those 90 minutes you have to enjoy it and try to do your best.”
Mourinho wasn’t fond of the late starts in Spain as La Liga games invariably start in the evening and he won’t be looking forward to Man United’s Europa League fixtures which often took place in the evening under Louis van Gaal.
United fans will undoubtedly be looking forward to seeing Mourinho’s side in action, he’s been at Old Trafford for under a month and has already secured the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.
He confirmed in his press conference as United boss that he was still trying to reach a deal for the fourth player on his transfer list and if the Paul Pogba saga is anything to go off, United supporters could be set for an exciting time at Old Trafford.