"I don't like to lose and speak about this player that was not (here), I don't like that very much but he is important for us in many aspects", Mourinho said of Pogba.
Pogba, removed as United's second captain at the start of the season, has openly admitted that he would not rule out a move away from Old Trafford, with former side Juventus at the forefront of his thoughts.
DF Ashley Young, 6 - Struggled to deal with the left-sided combination of David Silva and Raheem Sterling, leaving space in behind twice before the City pair took advantage for the first goal. In truth, it was Ederson who handed them the initiative with a poor challenge to give United a penalty kick.
Manchester United continued the theme of their season by conceding first at the Etihad Stadium, but unlike recent games, found themselves up against opponents not prepared to let them back into the game. "City felt it was hard for them until the third goal".
And City claimed a third to record the winning margin that their performance deserved when Ilkay Gundogan scored four minutes from full-time.
Once again United could not carry out Mourinho's defensive plan as he set his team up in a 4-5-1 formation and had three scrappers in midfield (Matic, Herrera and Fellaini) and the pace of Marcus Rashford to unleash on the break.
City took off Aguero and kept the ball for long periods of time, but also looked threatening.
However, Manchester City have been in brilliant form in all competitions and the Citizens were 6-0 winners against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night. However, they have improved of late, and are unbeaten in five league games.
GK David De Gea, 6 - The Spanish worldwide conceded from City's first two shots on target and will be unhappy to have been beaten at his near post by Aguero, though but there was a lot of power behind the effort. "We arrived in different circumstances", said Mourinho.
Several Juventus players then went up to confront Mourinho about his actions, including Dybala, but the Argentine has since revealed the words exchanged were not heated.
Clearly one thing is to have a fresh Fellaini and another to play him for 90 minutes in this match.
The fact is, Mourinho delivered many excuses as to why United didn't turn up for the derby and why they were dominated by Man City.