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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.
Manchester United have claimed 29 points out of a possible 33 - more than any other top-flight team.PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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