Instead, it was hoof ball straight up the pitch back into the feet of Mousa Dembélé to excellently get the Lilywhites back on the front foot.
"I brought two kids (Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes) that played 90 minutes yesterday [for the U23s] because I don't have another player", Mourinho told reporters after his side's win at the John Smith's Stadium.
The aforementioned comments from one of the most reliable voices on the subject of transfers in Spain should bury the speculation surrounding a possible interest in Pogba from Real Madrid for now. Even a cathartic hour-long meeting last week hasn't sought to quell the rumours.
Don Balon say the Special One is a big admirer of the Germany international, 28.
The former Norwich player is not eligible to play while midfielder Aaron Mooy has a knee injury and is a doubt.
"He is an important player for us, this club, but he is ill and I think that we in the midfield did great".
United were left to mull over their grievance at half-time, but quickly ensured it wasn't to cost them too dearly as a brilliant one-two between Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez freed the former to slot low past Jonas Lossl. Let's not beat about t mhe bush here.
West Bromwich Albion's tumultuous week took a final turn for the worse as they were knocked out by Southampton, whose 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns secured the visitors a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2005. That's the situation at Manchester United with Pogba.
Manchester United's Juan Mata insists VAR is still a positive for football despite the controversy surrounding his disallowed goal against Huddersfield Town. Not only that, but he's repaying Mourinho's faith after the Portuguese kept him in the side during a mid-season goal drought.
"But I am hearing they aren't as close as a few months ago, and that's something United can't afford".
"The [best] way is to go out there and prove people wrong and go show them you can adapt, change and prove that what Manchester United paid is worth it because you are not a one-trick pony".
According to French sports newspaper L'Equipe, midfielder Pogba is unhappy with the more defensive position in which he has been used by Mourinho. With others tiring, they relentlessly ploughed on.
"I accept and I can speak on Paul's behalf without any kind of problem".
Having lifted the Europa League last year, experienced full-back Young sees no reason why they cannot challenge for the Champions League this time.