Working as a special World Cup pundit for RT, Mourinho told the panel: "I don't know why he didn't come to Manchester when I wanted him".
United's tour squad is likely to be supplemented by a host of young players when they head off for their USA summer tour on Sunday, with James Garner already confirmed as one of those flying out after his father tweeted of his pride last week.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has called for there to be a longer break for players following their excursions for their nations at the World Cup. But this isn't the first time that United are being linked with Perisic, as last summer, it seemed like the player was all set to arrive at Old Trafford.
The "Daily Mail" state that there are a number of big European sides who have enquired about a loan deal for the Swede, after he caught the eye in Russian Federation.
But despite missing out on the superstar, reports in Spain have suggested that the Red Devils will instead target the 33-year-old's heir. The "Special One" had tried to sign Perisic earlier in the summer but a breakdown in transfer negotiations meant that the midfielder would likely stay put at the San Siro until now.
But Manchester United were unable to agree on a fee with Inter and Perisic went on to sign a new contract.
Mourinho's declaration could also have consequences for fans outside of the Premier League, namely those overseas hoping to see United's biggest stars in high-profile friendlies this summer as the Prem runners-up are set to play five July exhibition matches in the United States before visiting Bayern Munich on August 5.