Jose Mourinho has released a statement after he was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday morning– saying he has made “friends for life” at Old Trafford and is “immensely proud”.
Mourinho said: “I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United fans recognise this.
“Just as was the case with my previous clubs, I have worked with some wonderful people and I believe that some will be my friends for life.”
I know that you are all aware of my professional principles. Each time a chapter is closed I show my deepest respect and I don’t make any comments about my former colleagues.
“I hope the media will respect my position and let me live my normal life until the moment I decide to return to football. Merry Christmas.”
Jose Mourinho lifted the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in his first year at United before finishing runners-up in both the league and FA Cup, but things have unravelled since the start of his third campaign at the helm.