Everyone else was certainly counting: Eleven.
Yet he was constructive in his praise of Pogba after he played a key role in United's 1-0 win against Spurs, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his victor run at the start of his reign as the club's interim manager to six matches.
Real Madrid may yet have a say in that but there is no doubt Spurs now have a vested interest in Solskjaer doing so well that his bandwagon, now moving at a rather stately pace, gathers unstoppable momentum. I think Moussa is only a small thing but we will see.
Pochettino's side looked re-energised at the start of the second half, with De Gea making crucial saves from Kane and Dele Alli within five minutes of the restart.
They were much improved after the break, firing in attempt after attempt, but De Gea was equal to everything they threw at him.
Rashford helped out his teammate. And David de Gea is as he always was: assured, reliable and alert.
That was in the 70th minute when Christian Eriksen's corner was turned in at the near post by Toby Alderweireld and De Gea's instinctive reaction saw the ball cleared with his left foot.
The former United manager is also understood to be a big fan of Tottenham boss Pochettino, who would not be drawn into talk over the head-to-head with Solskjaer.
Three minutes after the breka, Kane came close to finding the equaliser for Tottenham three minutes nearly a similar chance to Rashford's goal but he struck his shot to the near post instead of going for the far post and shot-stopper David de Gea made the save.
Lingard cut out a careless cross-field ball from Kieran Trippier and nudged the ball to Pogba, who had time to look up and measure a raking cross-field pass to Rashford, racing down the right.
By passing his first significant test, Solskjaer strengthened his bid to keep the manager's job into next season.
"We've got the best goalkeeper in the world - I've said that many times - and we've got blistering pace up front and the goal was fantastic by Rash".
Sunday's eagerly-anticipated Premier League encounter pitted the bookmakers' favourites to permanently replace Jose Mourinho against one another as a packed Wembley witnessed a clash that lived up to the billing.
Mauricio Pochettino's men now sit third but are just two points adrift of the defending champions so can leapfrog City in to second and close the gap on leaders Liverpool to six points with victory at Wembley.