Liverpool did United a favour by ending City's unbeaten streak and Pogba insisted he had yet to give up on catching Pep Guardiola's side. Manchester United, which now sits 15 points behind league-leading Manchester City, has only secured three points once in its last four Premier League fixtures.
Heading into the final 20 minutes, United added the final nail to Stoke's coffin when Romelu Lukaku found the net with a low drive. It has been a tough week, but since the first day I've prepared myself for this game, try to do it as best as I possibly can, as we always have.
Valencia and Lukaku were involved in the buildup before Pogba played a fizzing pass to Martial on the edge of the box. Stephen Ireland, playing in the Premier League for the first time since May 2016, was particularly bright and nutmegged Pogba at one point.
"Stoke bought players to play football, they were not afraid to play and they created us problems in the first half", said Mourinho. He just needs to feel really happy with his knee, with his condition and that I think he can.
The £89 midfielder who returned to Manchester United following a sensational stint with Juventus after Potters thrashing reckoned that the Premier League title race is far from over for him and his teammates.
"We scored two incredible goals and for me, that was the good thing of the first half". It's just a question of the club, the owners, the board, Mr [Ed] Woodward, [and what] they all want, [if] they all are happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract. The Red Devils dominated the second half and sealed the points on 72 minutes. Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick are also doubtful for this weekend as they continue to recover from injury.
"Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results", said chairman Peter Coates.
"I played further forward so I had more freedom to pass forward and find my teammates", he said after the game.