Jose Mourinho failed to follow in Moyes and Van Gaal's footsteps after leaving Man Utd

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It's the end of another era at Manchester United.

Following two years and seven months in charge, Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager on Tuesday morning just 30 minutes after turning up for training.

Mourinho was reportedly "very surprised" at the decision made by United's board, despite the poor start he made to the 2018/19 Premier League season.

United are currently sixth in the table, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 11 points below fourth after only 17 games. If anything, there's nothing surprising about his departure.

An emotionless Mourinho released a statement on Wednesday afternoon explaining that he has already completely cut ties with United.

"We could speak about so many good things, we could speak about not as good, but that's not me," said Mourinho, per Manchester Evening News. "It's finished.

"Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without United so why should I now share with you, or the supporters, any of my feelings? It's over and it's me.

"That's the way it has always been. I was always critical of managers that come out and leave clubs and talk about details of what happened and who is to blame and that's not me.

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"I want it to finish like it happened yesterday. I like to say it's game over and I hope you media respect this way of me, the way I react to this kind of situation.

"Until I get back to football I think I have the right to live my normal life like I do now. I go for my little walk and I go for my shopping. Manchester United is the past."

Mourinho didn't see eye-to-eye with a lot of his players, so it comes as no shock that the Portuguese reportedly departed Carrington on Tuesday without addressing the whole squad.

This is according to the Times, who detail that Mourinho failed to follow in David Moyes and Louis van Gaal's footsteps by gathering the players and speaking to all of them before leaving.

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"David Moyes and Louis van Gaal addressed the squad on their final days as United boss," the report states. "That was not the case with Mourinho. A few went up to see Mourinho in his office, but that was it."

By no means the classiest thing to do, but Mourinho said in his statement that he doesn't like to share his feelings or reflect after leaving a position and clearly that was the case here.

It will be interesting to see where he goes next.

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