And Mourinho says United have serious issues that prevented him from achieving his objectives, saying there was more to blame than his bad relationship with the star midfielder.
"He had Manchester City, they were offering less money but he was going to play better football than United - I'm sorry about that, but City play better football and [Pep] Guardiola will improve him". When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don't have that erosion.
It was believed the former Chelsea man had a clause in his contract that didn't allow him to speak so either there never was one or the time on it has run out.
According to Fox Sports, the Old Trafford outlet has already set a price tag of 150 million pounds on the World Cup victor and would be willing to sell his services to Real Madrid during the summer. "Two, it's that the problems are still there".
When the 56-year-old Portuguese manager was asked if he was a victim of his falling out with the World Cup-winning Frenchman, he said that he wasn't.
"I do not always do my analysis publicly on Manchester United".
Mourinho knew the squad needed an overhaul a year ago and now, after a turbulent campaign, the penny seems to have dropped for the club's board.
And he insists United's shortcomings are not the fault of the 25-year-old, despite reports suggesting he has a negative impact behind closed doors. After losing 2-0 at home in the first leg, United sealed a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win in France.