Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after helping France to win the World Cup but he was thrust into the starting line-up on Friday and given the captain's armband, and his penalty set United on course for a 2-1 win against Leicester. "Valencia is the captain and Paul is one of the options, his third season in the club, made in the academy, understand the clubs the culture, good relation with the boys and a good example today of putting himself available to try and help the team".
It was not ideal by any means, but who cares?
It was definitely a positive night for United, who picked up three points against hard opponents - and there is lots more to come from them.
Shaw forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel just past the 40-minute mark, settling a pass from Juan Mata after some nice build-up play from United before firing right at the Leicester keeper.
"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any". I am happy with the squad and the transfer window.More news: Sony developing Jackpot and Silk movies for its Spider-Man universe
A Shaw giveaway deep in his own area in the 75th minute nearly gifted Leicester the leveller, but De Gea made another spectacular save to stop Demarai Gray's first-time shot from a pinpoint Vardy cross. "I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in".
"A match where I needed six changes, not three". I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football.
That's football, that's football management, and I think football is changing and probably football managers should be called head coaches. But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group.
"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".More news: Red alert at Kerala's Idukki reservoir, floods feared in Kochi
Mourinho has been critical of Shaw in the past but he was full of praise for him afterwards, and rightly so.
"You have to keep it in mind, but you have to keep working to get better and better because I am still quite young".
Lindelof and Bailly - together at the back?
'But every time he played, he did a great job and showed something great.
"When Sir Alex Ferguson was there, they got them over the line but when David Moyes went, he couldn't get players over the line and in the end, he got Everton players because he knew them and could sign them".More news: Google Makes Embarrassing Error Following Fortnite Android Release
The best news for Mourinho is that it looks like there were will be a few battles going on for places in his first XI over the next few weeks, all over the pitch.