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LONDON — One defeat hardly constitutes a crisis but when English champion Manchester United loses 1-0 to newly promoted Burnley, it inevitably dominates the back pages and phone-ins.

Suddenly United’s game at Wigan Athletic is a must-win match and that, incredibly, is not an overreaction. There are 114 points available to each team in the Premier League and in recent years the champion has amassed around 90 to lift the title.

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