"Paul came back from the World Cup, and he was the last one to come because he played the final", said Mourinho.
By the end of a rare 3pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Saturday, it was the 3,000 Wolves fans singing "We're Wolverhampton, we're on our way back" and "Nuno's the special one" in front of their enthusiastic manager.
Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years before retiring in 2013, was on hand to see Brazilian global Fred score his first goal for the club since signing from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.
As the great man made his first public appearance since brain surgery in early May, it felt nearly inevitable that Manchester United would mark the occasion with a rousing home win against Wolves.
In the build-up to Wolves' equaliser, Pogba was dispossessed in midfield after the Frenchman spent too long on the ball and tried an elaborate turn.
After three wins from three away games, United entered the match perhaps confident of a win, but it didn't materialise, something which Mourinho said was hard to understand.
"I want him in this process of adaptation to play totally fresh, so he's not playing tomorrow", said the manager.
The World Cup victor can flit in and out of games and today was no different - but his contribution for Fred's goal was special.
"I think this is more the influence of the moment. But I did not like my team".
But Mourinho was more concerned by what he saw as his team's poor attitude as he came close to suffering consecutive home league defeats for the first time in his career. I can't explain the difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude.