Michael Owen suggests who should play in midfield for Manchester United

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We may have to survive two weeks without Premier League football thanks to the international break, but when it returns, it returns in style.

Chelsea host champions Leicester, Arsenal take on Bob Bradley’s Swansea while Manchester City clash with Everton. But the fixture of match day eight - and possibly the season so far - comes at Anfield where Liverpool take on Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp has enjoyed a decent start to the campaign with them currently sitting fourth in the table, having won four consecutive league matches.

Things aren’t quite as rosy for Jose Mourinho’s side with them sitting in sixth following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Stoke at Old Trafford.

Over the next two weeks, Mourinho will be wondering what changes he needs to make to the side that failed to beat Stoke for the encounter with Liverpool.

While the Special One is unlikely to reveal his team until he needs to hand his team sheet in, Michael Owen has advised him how he should select his midfield for the massive clash.

Of course, Owen has played for both clubs in his career but has put on his managerial hat to decide how United should line-up in midfield.

Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba were used in central midfield against Stoke and the former striker is convinced that won’t be the pairing on Monday 17th.

Instead, he believes Carrick should be given the nod alongside Pogba, with the likelihood that Rooney will return as the No.10.

Owen's opinion

"When you think that the strength of Liverpool’s game is deep runs from midfield, I bet my bottom dollar that it won’t be Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba against Liverpool at Anfield,” he told BT Sport, per Manchester Evening News.

"He [Mourinho] would be really brave to do that.

“I think it should be Michael Carrick or Morgan Schneiderlin, although I don’t think he’s quite good enough to be a Manchester United regular.

“Marouane Fellaini I don’t think understands that role in this team so much. I would pick Carrick.”

However, in the unlikely scenario that Rooney doesn’t return to the starting line-up, Owen has another alternative.

“Or you could pick Herrera and Carrick and have Pogba as a No.10,” he admitted.

It’s certainly unlikely that Mourinho will be listening to Owen’s advice considering his lack of managerial exploits but no matter who the United boss selects as his midfield pairing, it’s sure to be a pulsating clash at Anfield.

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