20 Dec 2018

Football: Man United a closed chapter for Mourinho

6:23 am on 20 December 2018

Jose Mourinho claims his Manchester United career is a closed chapter following his sacking, but the Portuguese confirms he will return to management.

United axed Mourinho having suffered their worst start to a season for 28 years and replaced him with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season.

"Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without United," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"Why should I be sharing more now? Even with the supporters, any of my feelings. It's over. That's the way I've always been."

Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Photosport

"I've been critical of managers that leave clubs and speak about what's happened and who's to blame. That's not me. I just want to finish like it happened yesterday and I'd like to say it's game over. I hope you media respect this way for me to be.

"Until I get back to football I have my right to live my normal life. That's what I want to do. United is the past."

Former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Mourinho said he would retain

positive memories of his time at Old Trafford and not focus on what went wrong.

"You know me. I don't change, what I did when I left Chelsea is the same as what I'm going to do now," Mourinho added.

"I keep the good things and I don't speak about anything that happened in the club. We could speak about so many good things, not as good, but that's not me. It's finished."

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Supplied

Mourinho later released a statement through his agents, which 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.