The France international had been hooked in the Red Devils’ defeat to Tottenham in the match before, and was left on the bench as Scott McTominay took his place in the first team against the Terriers.
Mourinho was seen arguing with Pogba on the touchline against Spurs, prompting speculation he was punishing the Frenchman against Huddersfield.
But the Manchester United boss ruled this out, saying: “I change a few players and the intention was not to punish anyone.
“Because to punish anyone I also need someone to punish me because we are a team and when we win we win together and we lose together.
“But I made a few changes thinking about the characteristics of this game and I think this kid has a great desire to recover the ball when the team is not in possession.
“He’s a kid that chases the ball, that tries to recover high up the pitch and when he has the ball it is always simple and against opponents like Huddersfield, so close and with so many bodies behind the ball, the simplicity sometimes is genius.”
The Portuguese went on to claim that Pogba reacted positively to being dropped, adding: “The reaction you saw – coming to the pitch with great desire to play.
“To be honest, at half-time he was already, because I can analyse body language, showing that he was ready.
“Ready with physio, he was already starting his warming up, so I think he showed the way he took it in a very professional way.”
This was Mourinho’s take on things however; Pogba stayed silent on the subject.
But it seems the Frenchman did react to being dropped after all, by simply letting his football – and attitude – do the talking.
Other players – who cost their team a staggering £89million – could have reacted badly to being dropped for a youngster at the squad.
Pogba on the other hand decided to up his game, and was the first on the training ground on Friday – the session ahead of Manchester United’s match with Newcastle.
Praising the midfielder’s determination, Mourinho said: “Paul has very professional behaviour and this week was not different to what Paul is every week. I never had one single problem with him regarding his professionalism.”
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