Before the match it felt nearly as though the game itself was secondary given the pre-game revelation that Mourinho had told Pogba he will never captain the club again following the midfielder's claim that United ought to be a far more attacking outfit in home games than they were in Saturday's Premier League draw with Wolves.
And ESPN now report Mourinho has informed the World Cup victor he will not have the honour of leading his side again.
The news comes after Pogba appeared to call out Mourinho's tactics vs Wolves, insisting they were too negative.
Fresh from playing a pivotal role in France's World Cup success, Pogba, who cost United a then world record £89 million (S$160 million) to bring back to the club from Juventus in 2016, has started to deliver on his price tag this season. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. I would lie if I said we threw the match away.
"When we're at home we should attack, attack, attack".
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder spent four years in Turin where he established himself as one of the best midfield players in the world.
The defeat isn't the only issue as it's the manner of the defeat with Manchester United failing to press on after Juan Mata grabbed an early goal for the team. We don't play again until next season.
Pogba watched from the stands as United exited the Carabao Cup in the third round for the first time since 2007.
Mourinho's next option to take the armband could be Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young or Nemanja Matic.