Jamie Carragher feels Man Utd may only have to accrue the lowest winning points total for Premier League champions in five years if they are to dethrone rivals Liverpool this season.
The Red Devils have closed the gap on the title holders ahead of their showdown at Anfield in January.
And while Liverpool have faltered in recent matches, United have built up a decent run of form.
Jurgen Klopp's side racked up 99 points to end their 30-year wait for a league title last season, having amassed two fewer the year prior when pipped to top spot by Man City.
But Carragher believes the winners of the 2020/21 campaign will not need as many points on the board this time round, and accepts United are in with a shout.
" Manchester United can win the Premier League this season," Carragher told The Telegraph . "The more I see them, the more convinced I am that it could happen.
"I do not believe they have radically improved, but such is their firepower they have the ability to win games without producing 90-minute performances.
"We have seen it so often this season where they have gone from dire one minute to brilliant the next, and their away form makes them dangerous."
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United could even go above Liverpool prior to their meeting on January 17, with the Reds facing a tricky trip to Southampton on Monday.
The ex-Liverpool legend admitted the inconsistency of his old club and fellow title challengers Man City had opened the door for United to potentially swoop in, but believes the Red Devils still need to improve on their home form.
"United could be one of the major beneficiaries of this unique season because the title could be won with little more than 80 points," he added. "United are among those who could hit that mark, especially if they remedy their poor results at Old Trafford."
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