Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Is 'My House Now'

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, June 5, 2016. The Portuguese says he has already settled in to life as Louis Van Gaal's successor. Alex Livesey/Getty

Only two weeks into his new job at Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho is still blissfully riding the warm, soothing waters of a honeymoon period.

Mourinho was meant to be in charge of England against a Rest of the World XI for the Soccer Aid game at Old Trafford on Sunday evening, but held back from a touchline role for fear his presence would detract from an event designed to raise money for UNICEF.

"I'm sorry I couldn't be more involved tonight and I was sorry not to enjoy training with the England boys this week, but I am so happy and involved at beginning my job at Manchester United that all the time I have right now is working time," Mourinho wrote in his programme notes for the game.

"I want to be part of it, and I will be, from the stands. I will be another one contributing to such a memorable day. I want to enjoy the game at my house, Old Trafford."

Mourinho's first competitive game in charge of United is against English Premier League champions Leicester City in the 2016 FA Community Shield on August 13.

He has been heavily linked in recent weeks with a move for former Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has been granted time off from his UEFA Euro 2016 preparations with his national team to sign a one-year deal with a club, expected to be concluded on Monday.