Playing until the final whistle, and never knowing when you are beaten are two must-have traits for any football team that wants to be successful.

Recent history shows that Manchester United are the undisputed comeback kings in England's top-flight, and it's no coincidence that Sir Alex Ferguson's side are the most successful side in Premier League history.

Even more so than in previous campaigns, the Red Devils have relied heavily on their ability to come back from the brink in 2012/13, winning nine games from losing positions, recouping a valuable 27 points in the race for the domestic title.

Add to that, the fact that Manchester United have not lost a match from a winning position in the league at all this season - dropping points in draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea - and it suddenly becomes abundantly clear why they are sitting pretty at the top of the table again this year.

Everton are the next best example of a team that boasts a 'never say die' attitude, picking up 21 points from games they are trailing in, with their steely resolve a fitting tribute to Goodison Park manager David Moyes. 

That characteristic is one of the reasons why the Toffees have perhaps their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League since they were denied a place in 2005, with the most recent case in point of their fighting spirit coming in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, with the hosts coming back from 3-1 down to claim a point against Paul Lambert's strugglers.

Manchester City are ranked third with 16 points collected from going behind in matches - 11 fewer than rivals Manchester United - which could prove influential in their quest to defend the Premier League crown. However, the fact that Roberto Mancini's side are nine points behind in the title race, emphasises once again just how vital United's tendency to win from behind has been this season. 

City avoided defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday after a late Sergio Aguero goal ensured a share of the spoils against Liverpool, but while they turn defeats into draws - as they have on 4 occasions this season - United have bulldozed their way to all three points.

 Arsenal have won 13 points from losing positions this season, making them the fourth best comeback kings in the Premier League so far this season, ahead of joint-fifth placed Chelsea and Reading (12 points), and Tottenham (11 points) in seventh.

The Royals deserve a special mention given that they are the only team outside of the top six to achieve a points tally from losing positions that amounts to double figures, with their recent surge now giving Brian McDermott's men a realistic chance of Premier League survival.

Check out a full list of the Premier League's comeback kings below, with number of points won from losing positions, combined with their actual standing in the table. All stats courtesy of our friends at WhoScored.com:

1. Manchester United - 27 points - (1st)

2. Everton - 21 points - (5th)

3. Manchester City - 16 points - (2nd)

4. Arsenal - 13 points - (6th)

5. Reading - 12 points - (17th)

6. Chelsea - 12 points - (3rd)

7. Tottenham - 11 points - (4th)

8. Stoke City - 9 points - (10th)

9. Liverpool - 7 points - (7th)

10. Wigan Athletic - 7 points - (18th)

11. Southampton - 7 points - (16th)

12. Newcastle United - 6 points - (15th)

13. West Ham - 6 points - (11th)

14. Swansea - 6 points - (8th)

15. West Brom - 5 points - (9th)

16. Norwich - 4 points - (14th)

17. QPR - 4 points - (20th)

18. Sunderland - 4 points (12th)

19. Fulham - 4 points - (13th)

20. Aston Villa - 2 points (19th)

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