We deserve to finish second, despite what you say, the criticisms you want to make.
Having struggled for form, Pogba has been in and out of the United team, his start in Saturday's 2-0 win over Swansea City ending a run of three successive games on the bench.
The United boss had accused his players of lacking "personality, class and desire" on that occasion.
"In other leagues we would be fighting for the title", said Mourinho. 'Team played very well in the first half, he played very well in the first half.
"We've had the best out of him when Jose has played a solid 4-3-3, with [Nemanja] Matic sitting and then Pogba being allowed to do what he wants to do".
After finishing as runners-up to Portugal at Euro 2016, France head to this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation as one of the favourites, but Pogba admits they still have more to do if they are to be successful at this year's tournament.
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Instead, his focus was on Manchester United's hold on second place ahead of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, who he believes have been given more credit than his team.
'I think we have 10 more points than last season, something like that.
"If we don't have Lukaku for different reasons, we can change systems and play with two and give more mobility to, for example, Marcus and Martial together, Marcus and Alexis together, so we are not going to go for another number nine", he added.
'I think he played like the team, ' the Red Devils manager said of Pogba.
Both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have performed way below expectations this season, while Victor Lindelof has had a most challenging first season since making the move to England from Benfica.