Liverpool have slipped up in their past two matches, drawing to bottom half Newcastle and West Brom and United can apply the pressure with a win over Dean Smith’s side on New Year’s Day.
Carrgher senses a great opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to win the division this season, particularly given Liverpool and City’s slide compared to their recent all-dominating seasons.
And he thinks United may only need about 80 points to clinch the Premier League title for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
‘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. The biggest reason they have a chance is because the country’s two outstanding sides —Liverpool and City — have dropped back.
‘United could be one of the major beneficiaries of this unique season because the title could be won with little more than 80 points. United are among those who could hit that mark, especially if they remedy their poor results at Old Trafford.
‘You cannot keep relying on the attackers to get a team out of trouble, and their goalkeeper issue needs to be resolved. David De Gea is still making too many mistakes.
‘If Dean Henderson does not get a run in the side to prove United will not need to sign a new keeper at the end of the season, what was the point of bringing him back to Old Trafford?’