To describe Luke Shaw as an afterthought would be inaccurate, because that term in itself implies he is actually in his manager's thinking.
Mourinho added he hopes Chris Smalling does not earn a recall to the England squad as he wants the defender to stay fit while two of his first-choice players are sidelined.
Yet it was only during the period of absence brought on by the hamstring injury Pogba sustained against Basel on September 12 that his importance began to be truly acknowledged.
Jose Mourinho says it was a joy to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic back on the pitch in Man United's win over Newcastle. After retiring, he became a journalist and football pundit for RTE in Ireland, and has often caused controversy with his outspoken views.
Redknapp was seeking breathing space and understanding for Pogba claiming that 'old school' criticism of the lad is out of touch with the real world and that the game has moved on.
"I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger", he said a few weeks after suffering the injury.
Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge.
With Pogba in the team, United have scored 16 goals in five Premier League games this season, at an average of 3.2 per game.
However, the Sun report that the Red Devils are the front-runners for the Brazilian's signature.
Ibrahimovic is set for his first appearance in the Champions League this season against FC Basel, although he is likely to feature from the bench as he builds up his fitness.
The former Manchester United midfielder had a reputation for being a poor tackler, so it's perhaps no surprise he received 32 yellow cards in the Champions League.
"Daley was blaming himself, it's totally unfair because at half-time, it should have been 5-0", he said.
AFP Sport looks at who can qualify from the teams playing on Wednesday (all times 1945 GMT unless stated). Tottenham bemoaned decisions that went against them, but their poor performance made them easy pickings for the fired-up Gunners, who are now just one point behind their neighbours. That's a new record and another milestone for the 36-year-old superstar.