Jose Mourinho refused to address the issues that played a part in his Manchester United sacking, instead speaking up a return to management given it is “game over” at Old Trafford.
United shocked the footballing world on Tuesday by calling time on the Portuguese’s two-and-a-half years at the club, having overseen their worst start to a Premier League season.
Mourinho lifted the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in his first year at the club before finishing runners-up in both the league and FA Cup, but things have unravelled since the start of his third campaign at the helm.
It appears that chapter is already closed for Mourinho – perhaps thanks to his lofty pay-off – as he focuses on the future, with talk of a return to Real Madrid rumbling on.
“I don’t change,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports News. “What I did when I left Chelsea, for example, is the same that I am going to do now.
“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, we could speak about not as good (things), but that’s not me. It’s finished.
“Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without Manchester United, so why should I now be sharing with you or even with the supporters any of my feelings.
“It’s over and that’s me and that’s the way I have always been.
“I just want to finish, like it happened yesterday, and, as I like to say, it’s game over.
“I just hope you (in the) media respect this way of myself to be, to react to this kind of situation and until I get back to football I think I have to right to live my normal life, like I am going to do now.
“I go for my little shopping, I go for my little walk and that’s what I want to do and Manchester United is (in the) past.”
United were in a better state than the Blues on the field, although the 11-point gap to the top four was as concerning as the 19 points to leaders Liverpool after a mere 17 matches.
Press Association Sport understands the style and substance under Mourinho was concerning the United hierarchy, with the powers that be worried by the lack of development being made with new signings and young players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now take temporary charge at Old Trafford until next summer, when the club will appoint a full-time successor. Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is the current front runner.