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Hargreaves has insisted Mkhitaryan shouldn't be left out .

Owen Hargreaves explains who Jose Mourinho should play in midfield

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Manchester United's displays have got to be among the most disappointing elements of the Premier League season so far.

Huge things were expected of the Red Devils' midfield after the signings of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but so far, they have looked uninspired going forward and dodgy in defence.

The question of who Jose Mourinho should be playing in midfield is a repetitive one, but it's pertinent too.

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The very heart of the United team is lacking in direction, and it may well be that the Special One changes things up in the weeks ahead as he looks to get his side back in contention for the title.

One thing we can be pretty sure of, though, is that he won't be handing an olive branch to Henrikh Mkhitaryan just yet.

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Mkhitaryan's plight is nothing short of baffling.

The former Bundesliga Player of the Year arrived at Old Trafford in the summer in a £26million deal, but that was pretty much the last anyone heard of him.

Since then, the Armenian has played just 107 minutes of Premier League football, and in recent weeks, Mourinho has often left him out of the matchday squad altogether, claiming he still needs to adapt.

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So far, though, it's not like Mourinho's team selections are exactly working wonders.

Owen Hargreaves, who played for United between 2007 and 2011, has now added his voice to the growing clamour for Mourinho to switch things up - and he insists Mkhitaryan should be playing.

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In fact, he has named the five players he thinks ought to be lining up behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and it certainly makes interesting reading.

"I think the back four is very strong, best goalkeeper in the country," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I think you play Carrick, I think you play Herrera to the right, Pogba to the left, Rashford off the left and Mkhitaryan off the right.

Hargreaves doubtful

"And I think as a team, I genuinely believe it’s as a good a team [as any] in the Premier League.

"But right now that team as it is, I don’t think they can finish in the top four."

Herrera definitely won't be featuring next weekend against Swansea, having been sent off in the Burnley game, but he showed in this month's draw with Liverpool what an asset he can be.

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Carrick also can't play every game anymore, but it's easy to see how he keeps the midfield together better than Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho may want to heed Hargreaves' words if he is to resurrect his side's season, but we all know how stubborn he can be, so it remains to be seen whether he actually rotates after another frustrating weekend.

How should Man United line up against Swansea? Have your say in the comments. 

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