They might not have set the world alight, but Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night was still a significant result and performance.
'That's football management. I think football is changing. "We thought maximum [he would play] 60 minutes, but he managed more than 80", Mourinho told the media after the match on Friday.
There have also been persistent murmurings of a broken relationship with Mourinho, with Pogba having failed to hit top form in a 2017-18 season that saw United finish 19 points behind Manchester City in the table.
"Will his style of play bring us an EPL (English Premier League) title? So I asked Paul and he put himself forward for the team and was very, very good for us". They (Leicester) spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have.
"We don't have a penalty-taker, it's how we feel, and I made a decision to take it", Pogba told Sky Sports.
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'Of course, we have second or third choice in case he is not confident or for some reason doesn't want to take it.
"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and he's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels".
Mourinho is known for his short-term measures but the club want to keep a fine balance between the manager's requirements and trying to keep him happy.
Matteo Darmian tested Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half that United started with bundles of possession, but few clear-cut chances. "Maybe on the next game I leave it to Alexis".
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claims that Manchester United never firmed up their interest in defender Toby Alderweireld and has hit back at critics who believe Spurs needed to add to their squad this summer.
It was Shaw, who just like Pogba has endured some tough times under Mourinho, who was the unlikely late hero for United.