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Jose Mourinho breaks silence on Manchester United sacking

Jose Mourinho has revealed he felt ‘immensely proud’ to wear the Manchester United badge.

He issued a statement to the media following his sacking as United manager on Tuesday.

He said: ‘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.’

The Portuguese football coach was fired after two and a half years at the club, with United sitting in sixth in the Premier League table.

Mourinho was told the news on Tuesday following United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

He is believed to have received a £22million pay-off.