In conversation with MUTV, the United gaffer lavished praise on midfielder Scott McTominay, who had an impressive game against Huddersfield as United switched to the 4-3-3 formation Pogba had apparently wanted.
For Mourinho's United, their chance of success is rooted in a quality that few other than Hunt have been quick to highlight this year; "they are the strongest defensively".
But despite the win, and despite the controversy arising from VAR disallowing Juan Mata's goal, the headlines ever since have been all about the player who didn't feature for United.
After last week's match Mourinho insisted Pogba was not injured during Manchester United's defeat to Newcastle - despite withdrawing him for the second time in three matches after a below-par display.
This is a lot more of the same, and it seems that, whoever the sources are, they're trying to calm things down.
"I think our game is so handsome that to change we have to change for the better", said Mourinho, who had previously backed the use of VAR.
Criticised frequently throughout the season, Lukaku has been one of United's most significant contributors.
Manchester City will host Southampton if they see off third-tier Wigan on Monday, and Tottenham face a trip to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea should they progress in Sunday's visit to Rochdale.
The French star has been inconsistent throughout the 2017-18 season after he initially made a brisk start to the Premier League campaign with two goals and two assists in his opening four top-flight appearances.
Pogba has struggled for form in recent weeks and Mourinho substituted the 24-year-old in two of United's last three matches.
It became important for Jose Mourinho's men to be able to cope with the pressure as the Terriers came out for the second period looking hungry for an equaliser, and their supreme ability at the back allowed them to take advantage going forward.
"We have all the squad fit and it will be another game to provide players with the chance to compete on Wembley and we have the possibility to reach the quarter finals".
As the clock ticked down towards half time, Huddersfield increased the urgency of their play, and began to see more of the ball in the attacking areas of the pitch. It was a bit frustrating because the moment I saw (referee) Kevin Friend touch his earpiece, I knew something was going to happen.
"What he said when he re-signed was "I am back to prove people wrong", Parker told Sky Sports.
"Yes, the decision went in our favour but this VAR for me kills the emotion of the game", said Huddersfield manager David Wagner.
"I'm not sure who you'd leave out and where you'd play him".