Less than a couple of days after he was sacked by Manchester United following the club's poor form in the ongoing season, where they are languishing 6th in the Premier League table, Jose Mourinho has issued a statement.
"I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United supporters 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 also respect my position and let me live my normal life until the moment I decide to return to football. Merry Christmas."
Following United's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, which left the club 19 points behind the league leaders and 11 points outside top-four, the club decided to pull the plug and end Mourinho's two and a half years regime.
"Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect. The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager," said the club in a statement.
His tenure at Old Trafford was marred with controversies and confrontation with his own players as well as the top management. 'The Special One' did not have the best of relationships with the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and had on a number of occasions criticized them in public.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto manager also publicly expressed his displeasure of the transfer policy of the club, frequently bemoaning the lack of world class players in his side to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.