"As games are getting tougher and tougher they're closer than ever, and it's often coming down to fine margins, who can give that added burst in the last five minutes".
Since then, his absence has left an indelible mark in the team as Los Blancos now stand at the sixth place in LaLiga, having recently sacked manager Julen Lopetegui after their worst start in years.
'Bournemouth on Saturday were brilliant in the first half, but United were brilliant in the second half. He is way more impressed by Pogba nowadays, but reckons the midfielder would be much better if he was handed some more liberty.
If the Portuguese's prediction is to come true, United must shake off the inconsistency that has so far undermined their efforts this season. And this season has started disastrously, with Sanchez regularly demoted to the bench and the Reds struggling for wins.
"One thing is what the press says, and another thing is what Paul says and of course another thing is what I say", said Mourinho, who was sat next to Pogba at the news conference.
Some of the reported potential suitors include former European champions Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
Even Jose Mourinho has conceded to the fact that United may not tie De Gea and Martial down to a new contract.
Luke Shaw headed clear but Mourinho's side were guilty of failing to put pressure on the ball, allowing Stanislas to drill in a low cross that was turned home by an unmarked Wilson.
"We have fantastic character and the heart that any result, the game is not over and we go until the end".