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Ian Wright quickly changes his mind on whether Man Utd can win the Premier League title

Manchester United have been backed for a surprise Premier League title charge by Ian Wright.

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Manchester United CAN win the Premier League title this season, according to Arsenal legend Ian Wright. United are currently ninth in the table following Saturday's 1-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are seven points adrift of table-toppers Tottenham, though do have a game in hand.

United's win over West Brom was their first in five league matches at Old Trafford this season.

The Red Devils still haven't scored a goal in open play at home since the opening day loss to Crystal Palace.

They were arguably fortunate to come away with all three points against the Baggies, who are yet to win a game since their promotion from the Championship.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Wright and Alan Shearer were asked by Gary Lineker if United could win their first title since 2013 this season.

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Shearer said they couldn't, which was initially the response Wright gave.

"Well, no, no," Wright said.

However, the former England striker swiftly changed his mind, saying: "Yes! Yes, yes, I'm going with yes, why not? Go on United, all the best."

This season's title race is set to be more open than it was last term.

Tottenham's win over Manchester City took them to the top on Saturday.

Leicester can overtake Spurs with victory over injury-hit Liverpool today, though the Reds have not lost a home league match in over three-and-a-half years.

United's victory over West Brom was embroiled with penalty controversy.

Slaven Bilic's side were initially given a spot kick after Bruno Fernandes tripped Connor Gallagher, but referee David Coote changed his decision after consulting with VAR.

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Fernandes scored a penalty of his own less than 10 minutes later at the second time of asking, after his first effort was saved by Sam Johnstone but the Baggies keeper was off his line.

Speaking afterwards, Solskjaer admitted his side were lucky to pick up all three points.

"I looked at a penalty this afternoon, Villa-Brighton and there's contact on the ball and then the man," he told BT Sport.

"In my head it might be a penalty. Maybe here we're a tad lucky but none of them are given.

"Maybe the rules are different to how I interpret them."

He added on United's penalty to the BBC: "It's the same with David [de Gea] early on [in the season] when he made a save but he was an inch off the line.

"It's probably the beauty of Bruno's [Fernandes] style where the keeper goes a second too early."


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