What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho

“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.”

-- Jose Mourinho, on his tenure at Manchester United, a day after he was fired as manager midway through his second season. United won the Europa League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield and was runner-up in both the EPL and FA Cup in 2017-18, but things fell apart this season -- United is in sixth place in the EPL, 11 points below the top four. (Press Assocation)

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