The Serbia worldwide played a key role in the Chelsea team that won the top-flight title with two games to spare in Antonio Conte's first season last term.
"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".
Although it is unlikely we will see a United team play in quite the same style under Mourinho, there are signs he wants to do more than tip the hat to the club's traditions. He is a fantastic signing for us because I can trust him to perform at a high level. Just a couple. He is one of those players who has no question marks over him. He doesn't need time to adapt, he's not a young guy who came from another country, he's not somebody that needs to learn the Premier League. He's one of these players that gives me what I like in players, which is consistency.
He's just turned 29 and he has five years' Premier League experience.
"It wasn't a fantastic year for United or Pogba, but it was successful in the end and that is all that matters", adds Lampard, as he passed judgement on the midfielder United paid £89m to sign from Juventus last summer.
"We have had a better pre-season than a year ago and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".
Despite that miss potentially denying United a chance at taking the Champions League winners the distance, Mournho was happy with his new number nine.