The 55-year-old had earlier dismissed Pep Guardiola’s claim that Pogba had been offered to the champions-elect by Mino Raiola back in January.
Pogba fittingly responded to the claims by placing himself at the centre of an historic second half comeback, turning the game in Man United’s favour with a surging midfield display and two brilliantly taken goals to cancel out the deficit.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that he had spoken to the Frenchman and made a joke out of the notion of selling him.
You will not find a more comprehensive argument for giving Pogba the chance to play off the back of midfielders and surge into the box than that performance. It was not just game-changing; it was a recovery that will always be remembered as the reason why United spoiled Man City’s chance to win the title against their biggest rivals – something that will not come around again.
His handling of the ball, his impetus going forward, the way he brought teammates into the game. It was spellbinding. But the most desirable quality to his performance – the nexus for that comeback – was the way he fought. He fought like a demon; it rubbed off on those around around him. And, more importantly, it ruined City’s party.