"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future", United said in a three-line statement released after Mourinho was told of his fate in a face-to-face meeting with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
United sacked Mourinho on Tuesday after less than three years at the helm, with the Old Trafford club languishing in sixth place in the Premier League.
The Portuguese was criticised for his tactics at United, with some suggesting he had gone away from the style of play that was established under Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils are now sixth in the league after losing 3-1 to bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, 19 points behind the league-leading Reds.
But Neville is shocked to see Mourinho depart without lifting the Premier League title at Old Trafford.
6 - Premier League titles won with United, between 1996-1997 and 2006-2007.
Shortly after the announcement, Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself making a mischievous smirk, alongside a comment reading "caption this".
Ferdinand said he recognised it was clearly time for United to move on without Mourinho.
Neville thinks Pochettino is the “outstanding candidate” to replace Mourinho
The breakdown of Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has mirrored United's decline this season.
Pogba joined United for a club record £89 million (S$150 million) just weeks after Mourinho was hired in 2016. Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager.
1999 - year Solskjaer's goal deep into stoppage time earned Manchester United a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at the Nou Camp.
Meanwhile the early favourites to be given the role on a full-time basis next summer include Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino.
"Pochettino has had issues with players and he's dealt with it fantastically", he said.
'Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role.
The only other way for Manchester United to keep their place in Europe's most lucrative competition would be to win this season's Champions League. "But it's not my business what happens in another club now".
"First of all I want to send my best wishes to him [Mourinho] and I feel so sorry because you know very well I have a very good relationship with him".
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