The vital win was United three straight draws as Everton slumped to their second consecutive defeat.
However, with United kicking off the New Year with a 2-0 win at Everton on Monday, Mourinho has been quick to respond to Scholes' criticisms.
United first goal was a well deserve after 84% possession this half!
It was a much-improved second half showing from United and one capped by a superb individual goal from Lingard that settled the outcome 10 minutes from time.
Pogba nearly doubled the visitors' lead on 63 minutes as he danced his way into the area before unleashing a shot that was pushed behind by Pickford, but the Toffees missed the chance to level matters eight minutes later when Omar Niasse headed Holgate's cross from the right wide of the near post.
Juan Mata s long shot was tipped over by Pickford before the Spaniard unleashed a curling left-foot attempt that clipped the post.
Pogba again captained the Red Devils in the absence of Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia, and the Frenchman has said that his team "always believed" that they could claim all the points. And United looked a little disjointed but you feel that if they do click they're more than good enough to win this.
Those changes sees Aaron Lennon, James McCarthy, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jagielka drop out. We had to stop him to play because he was saying, 'I feel incredible, I should go and play, ' but... we decided not to play (him).
"But I think Scholes will be in the history as a phenomenal player, but not as a pundit".
I would point to the overall performances in each of those three games against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton - simply not good enough... Man City won at Old Trafford in the EPL, and Bristol City beat them in the League Cup.
The battle between the teams fighting to finish in the top four is heating up.