Patrice Evra has claimed 'a person' at Manchester United stopped his potential return to Old Trafford.
He told Sky Italia: "I was very close to a return to Manchester United.
"I also spoke with Mourinho but there was a person, whose name I will not say, who probably did not like the idea of my return.
"Even the fans were enthusiastic and would have been delighted, but because I realised that they [the club] would not do anything I then asked my agent to look for other teams."
Man United stars bring out 4x4s to tackle farm track to and from training
Thu, February 2, 2017
Manchester United stars were forced to roll out their fleet of off-road vehicles as they made their way to and from training down a dirty farm track
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Manchester United stars are forced to take a farm track to and from training
Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee ligament injury.
The 20-year-old made his first-team debut in last weekend's FA Cup win over Wigan.
But the Portuguese keeper now faces a "period of absence" due to the injury.
Patrice Evra claims he held talks with Jose Mourinho
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James Wilson has return to Manchester United after his season-long loan at Derby was terminated early.
Both sides reached an agreement to cut short the 21-year-old striker's spell at Pride Park.
Wilson made just four appearances for the Rams before suffering a significant knee injury in October.