It was a defiant response from Pogba, whose drop in form had seen him lose his starting place under Mourinho earlier this year, although his manager does not expect him to repeat such displays on a weekly basis.
'I instructed him after the Metropolis match that I don't anticipate him to be man-of-the-match or to achieve two aims every week.
'Paul had a yellow card and before that he had a situation not for a second yellow but you never know in football, so I reacted to that.
I imagine he has to take care of that stability and with which will appear the actual match want it occurred in the direction of Metropolis'.
"But listen, he scored two goals so it's not down to me".
The essential factor for Mourinho is how he performs at United's Carrington HQ from Monday to Friday.
Mourinho was then asked if he was frustrated because City won the title on the back of United's loss. "Obviously to finish top four we need four or five points, but to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to be closer to the second position, which is, in this moment, our ambition". They have been the best team during the season and the distance of points at the end of the season will be the effect of that superiority that they showed.
"When we don't play well people have a go at us, which I understand".
"But it is not about us and them, I think it is about the six teams".
"I think he finished sixth last season and now they're second in the league, so I think it's been a big improvement".
But unlike London side Tottenham Hotspur, who have played their home games at Wembley this season while they build a successor ground to White Hart Lane, the only venue of comparable size near Old Trafford is local rivals Manchester City's 61 000 Etihad Stadium.