Five factors behind Manchester United's rise to the Premier League's summit

Manchester United have claimed 29 points out of a possible 33 - more than any other top-flight team. PHOTO: REUTERS
Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

It has been 1,221 days since Manchester United were last top of the English Premier League (EPL) table. On Tuesday (Jan 12), they reached the summit again by winning 1-0 at Burnley to knock champions Liverpool off the perch.

No trophies are handed out for being top of the league mid-season, but it remains an achievement for a team that were languishing in 15th place with just seven points from their first six games after being beaten 1-0 by Arsenal on Nov 2.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.