For Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side, after failing to make a permanent signing during the January transfer window, the Magpies now find themselves sat in 16th spot and involved at the heart of a relegation battle.
Agreeing that he is not ideal, Mourinho said, "I'm not going from the Bad One to the flawless One, no way, but I try, I make an effort and I'm happy with the way things are going". Defenders are not going to let the most skilful players play with freedom, that's the nature of the game. I didn't think I was a winger but then I went to Barcelona and they asked me to do a job and Mourinho is asking him to do a job.
'I think it's hard. "I don't know, I always liked English football".
'I like the stadium.
"I don't think he is a holding midfielder". They are good, enthusiastic crowd.
"I was trying that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick because he tries to make everything simple and bring Alexis [Sanchez] close to an area to [Romelu] Lukaku where he could be like a second striker to try to win the game".
"I hope the result is different this time but I know that the characteristics of the game are not going to be different. Clearly I know we lost the duel in the air, and it's hard to accept that". On Monday, former United captain Wayne Rooney described Pogba as a "classic box-to-box player" who can "do a bit of everything really well if he has that freedom where he doesn't have to think too much about his defensive role".
Only a point separates Benitez's Newcastle from the bottom three ahead of the weekend fixtures but Mourinho has no doubt Sunday's opponents will beat the drop. "He is learning and if he can make the right decisions he is a very good player".
"We are second, so our position is better than all the others that are behind us, but there is still a lot of matches still to play and we have to fight for the position".
Manchester United meanwhile remain 16 points behind Man City, who are six wins from the title.
Mourinho was full of praise for Newcastle, however, insisting that they turned in a performance of vast quality.