Jose Mourinho returns to Lowry Hotel after finishing his punditry work at the World Cup in Russia as he gets ready for Manchester United’s new season
- Jose Mourinho has been working for Russian television at the World Cup
- Mourinho now must prepare for Manchester United’s pre-season plans
- The United manager has been linked with a move for Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic
- Mourinho praised the Inter Milan player after he reached the World Cup final
Tom Farmery For Mailonline
Jose Mourinho has returned to the Lowry Hotel after finishing his stint as a pundit on Russian television during the World Cup.
Mourinho was photographed on Thursday evening returning to the hotel in Manchester following a number of weeks away in Russia.
The United manager must now prepare for the new season – his third term in charge at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho arrived back at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Thursday evening
Mourinho is back where he’s lived for the last two years since taking the Manchester United job
Mourinho is now in preparation for the new season – his third season in charge at Old Trafford
Mourinho arrived back in Manchester just hours after a number of first-teamers, including Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia, reported for training at Carrington ahead of their first pre-season game against Club America on July 20.
Just a few hours earlier, Mourinho had been offering his opinion on the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia in Moscow.
Mourinho watched as England were beaten 2-1 in extra-time by Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Mourinho has been working for Russian television as a pundit during the World Cup
United were linked last summer with a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.
Perisic scored the first of Croatia’s two goals, and Mourinho was left impressed.
‘Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others,’ Mourinho said in his role as an expert for RT.
‘Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative. But he is also physical, very physical. Fantastic in the air.’
Ivan Perisic played a key role in Croatia’s World Cup semi-final victory over England in Moscow
Mourinho was particularly taken by the way Perisic beat Kieran Trippier to the ball in the air before flicking on for Mario Mandzukic to score the winner.
He added: ‘So the way he wins that ball in the air and puts the ball into that space is only possible if you are very, very physical and dominant over defenders.
‘So he was amazing by going there and winning that ball in the air.’