Mourinho was fired by his employers on Tuesday after 2 and a half years at the club.
The 55-year-old was replaced this morning by former United strike Ole Gunnar Solskjaer till the end of the season.
Using his agency, Mourinho has released a full statement through.
“I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived. 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 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.”
Mourinho who has moved back to his London home refused to talk about his next move with SkySports.
“It’s finished. Manchester United have a future without me and I have a future without United. We could speak about so many good things, [some] not as good, but that’s not me.
“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. I’ve been critical of managers that speak about details about what’s happened and who is to blame. That’s not me.
“Manchester United is past.”