Jose Mourinho is immensely proud of his time as Manchester United manager but would not delve into the issues that played a part in his Old Trafford exit.
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.
The United boss has made his frustrations about players and the club's decisions clear over recent months, but kept his feelings on such matters to himself in a statement released the day after his sacking.
"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," Mourinho said in a statement.
"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."
Mourinho also spoke briefly to Sky Sports News yesterday, having been doorstepped near his London home.
The Portuguese refused to speak in detail about what happened at United - "It's game over," he said - and focused on the future, with talk of a return to Real Madrid rumbling on.
"I keep the good things and I don't speak about anything that happened in the club," Mourinho said.
"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."