Manchester United took a chunk out of Manchester City's large lead in the English Premier League by beating relegation-threatened Stoke 3-0 in a one-sided match featuring spectacular goals by Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial on Monday.
Such profligacy was always likely to haunt the visitors and so it proved when Martial added a second seven minutes before the break.
"We scored two fantastic goals and for me that was the good thing of the first half". I think we dropped off towards the end of the first half, but coming out in the second half, it was about getting that third goal to make sure we didn't give them any chances.
The Red Devils will hope to cut the gap further when they take on Burnley next weekend before City host Newcastle.
"It's good that they lose points but we have to go back to winning because we want to catch them again".
And having missed this term's league losses to Huddersfield, Chelsea and City, it is now 35 games since Pogba was involved in a Premier League defeat - a heavy 4-0 reverse against Chelsea in October 2016.
"I didn't like the first half, I only like two incredible goals", Mourinho said.
Mame Biram Dioue nearly scored for Stoke in the 86th minute but his first effort was saved by David De Gea before he hit the rebound into the side netting.
Rashford was eager to impress when he got on and as he was getting ready to come on, called for his good pal Lingard to hurry up as applauded the fans and left the pitch.
"If he stays here, he is a very good player".
Pogba was also superb against the Potters, with Mourinho saying: "He was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent. I don't think it's easy for a player to play when there are doubts about his future", Mourinho told Sky Sports before kick-off.