United have won all three of their matches since drawing in Seville, including coming from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and Saturday's 2-1 triumph over in-form Liverpool. In the real world, Mourinho is 100 percent correct, but football supporters still allow themselves to live in a fantasy world in which the game matters more than anything else for 90 minutes.
"I'm not upset at all with that reaction", insisted Mourinho before launching a defence of Scott McTominay, selected ahead of Pogba for the first leg against Sevilla.
City are now 16 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League with only eight games remaining. The intention and the way we started was really good and really positive, then after 10 or 15 minutes of success without goals, Sevilla have a good team they have players who can hide the ball. "We had a big game, as you know, against Liverpool and we came with high confidence to play this game, but Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it".
The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout but had to wait for Ben Yedder's introduction as a substitute to add a clinical finish.
None of the five players were present in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the English Premier League (EPL), so their presence in the second leg clash appeared to be in doubt.
Mourinho confirmed that Anthony Martial is back in contention after an injury of his own, and that Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain absent. He only took part in a portion of the team's training session on Monday as well, meaning a start was always unlikely.
Mourinho led Porto to an unlikely triumph in the 2003-04 competition and did likewise with Inter six years later.
"But when a team reaches the last eight anything is possible". I know that it is very hard to go through. We are going to try to prove that we are better [than the first leg] and to try to win the match.