The Frenchman was dropped for the clash though there were hints he was rested in preparation for the match against Valencia.
The midfielder was clearly not missed as his colleagues won comfortably for the first time this season.
Mourinho praised his players’ attitudes and mentalities following the victory but made it a point to name drop Pogba in his post-match press conference.
Fans have been concerned with the former Juventus man’s form of late as his body language seems to suggest he doesn’t really care anymore.
Jose also added: “The players have shown they can be a better team than they are. When there is solidarity in the team, everyone giving their maximum, you attract more positive things.”
The Portuguese manager has laid down a challenge for Paul and it’s one he should meet with ease given how United have already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League.
The 25 year old experienced a similar poor run of form last season but many attributed it to the injury he suffered just around the same time.
This time around he doesn’t have that excuse and he will have to win his place back in the starting XI just like any other Manchester United player.