Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has spoken of his pride in wearing the captain's armband during his side's 2-1 Premier League victory over Leicester City, and has claimed he's eager to skipper the side on a permanent basis.
Pogba captained United - a move regarded as an olive branch from Mourinho who also praised his performance - but hinted at problems with the manager by also failing to mention him when praising fans and team-mates.
Mourinho had implied Pogba - whose agent Mini Raiola has reportedly been talking with Barcelona - had flourished under Didier Deschamps at the World Cup because he could not be distracted by his entourage or by his commercial obligations.
If you're not happy, you can not give your best.
"If you're not happy, you can not give your best", Pogba said after the game when asked about what represents happiness for him.
Mourinho's relationship with Pogba has attracted as much attention as his dealings with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent months, but events at Old Trafford appeared to be restorative. That's all I say. "There are things that I can not say otherwise I will get fined", Pogba said before walking off.
Asked about the differences between playing for France and playing for United, Pogba said: "I am the same, but it's a different team, obviously".
"When people trust you and have confidence then you are good in your own head, it's going to be easier".
Mourinho surprised many fans and pundits by starting the French World Cup victor when many felt he would be left out having not completed a proper pre-season.
Mourinho, who has cut a frustrated and grumpy figure during a transfer window in which United failed to sign any of his centre-back targets, hailed Pereira's "phenomenal" performance after United won their first game of the season. "I still enjoy playing football, I still love football and I still give my best with the team, for the team". Or you believe in the pundits and go with what they say.
"I always love the club (United). For me, it was a dream come true".