Even in set pieces, corners, risky situations we were in control so I think we deserved it.
"But my experiences of the past - I understand that's part of the game".
The Serbian worldwide has been in great form in Italy this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further seven strikes in 37 games.
A 0-0 draw in the first leg in Spain leaves the last-16 tie finely balanced, but United will have to do without a quartet of their most senior players.
Of course, City are inhabiting a different universe to their rivals, but United are well placed to finish best of the rest and are favourites to progress this week with home ties in the Champions League (against Sevilla) and FA Cup (against Brighton). With Mourinho at the helm, it is possible that United's struggles could be over. So I think, in this moment, the English teams that are fighting for the top four, I'm pretty sure that all of them - [Liverpool boss] Jurgen [Klopp] and [Chelsea boss Antonio] Conte - will feel the same as me.
Pogba was ruled out after picking up an injury in the team's final training session before the match and Mourinho is awaiting information on whether he can shake off the knock in time for the visit of the Spanish side.
It remains to be seen what role, if any, Pogba plays in those fixtures as is going to be short of match sharpness.
Mourinho went with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which shifted to a 4-4-2 when United did not have possession. Juan Mata was not as productive and might not retain his place. Roma were my dark horses if they got the right draw because I think they've got a strong defence and I've always liked Edin Dzeko, who always seems to score big goals in big games. Bailly's central-defensive partner Chris Smalling had another good game and Romelu Lukaku was exceptional in the first half. Fellaini replaced goalscorer Marcus Rashford in the 70th minute. No one will remember which teams Manchester United beat if the bulging cabinet at Old Trafford doesn't see new additions this term.
Mourinho admitted at the weekend that he was unsure whether Pogba would be ready to face Sevilla. Indeed, the manager may not have been broken hearted by the injury which ruled him out of the Liverpool game.
Marcus Rashford scored a pair of first-half goals as United opened up a four-point lead in second on the table, while Liverpool fell to fourth. It was about time. People have been saying there hasn't been enough great Manchester United moments.
But he needs to get his form back, he needs to be playing, and he needs to be standing out in games like Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Bring on the Spaniards by the score, por favor.