Manchester United parted ways with Jose Mourinho two-and-a-half years since his appointment, following a series of consistently poor results and growing internal tension.
The Portuguese tactician did bring three trophies to Old Trafford – the Community Shield, the EFL Cup, and the club’s first ever UEFA Europa League title – all in his debut season.
While his side did improve its Premier League standing by finishing second in the table last season, the overall quality of football gradually deteriorated, until the club was left with no choice but to sack the gaffer and bring in a replacement.
The Mancunian giants announced the news of the manager’s departure on Tuesday, thanking Jose for his services to the club.
Now, the Special One himself has released a statement for the first time since updates of his sacking broke out.
He further added: “Just as was case with previous clubs, I have worked with some wonderful people, and I believe some will be my friends for life.
“You’re all aware of my professional principles. Each time a chapter is closed, I show the deepest respect and don’t make comment about former colleagues.
“I hope the media will respect my position and let me live my normal life until I decide to return to football. Merry Christmas.”