Gary Neville Reveals The Three Manchester United Players Who Smashed Bleep Test
Gary Neville put David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Dwight Yorke forward as the fittest players he played with at Manchester United.
Neville referenced the bleep test - whereby those partaking would have to make a series of 20m shuttle runs before the bleep.
The regularity of the bleeps increase the longer the test goes on and Neville says the treble-winning trio were the only three to complete the assessment.
"We used to do this form of the bleep test, I know Yorkie, Giggs and Becks completed the bleep test when we were at United," Neville told Sky Sports.
"Their energy levels were unbelievable.
"Becks' great strength actually, he wasn't lightening quick, but what he used to do was run the same speed continuously all game, he used to wear out the legs of the left-backs who were quicker than him.
"At the end of the game, the last 20 minutes, he'd get that space and he'd be putting those crosses in. The pressure that would put on teams was unbelievable. Giggsy had the same levels of energy.
"They seemed to be able to eat what they want and not put any weight on. They had unbelievable energy up and down.
"They were doing loads of high-intensity running but also were equally they were good at endurance stuff as well. It's a midfield player's mentality."
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Fast forward to the present day and it appears as though Scott McTominay is the fittest player at Manchester United.
While in lockdown, the Scotland international recently ran 5.03k in 16 minutes, 1 second - and would have had a time of 15:45 if he had stuck to just doing the 5k challenge.
Scott McTominay 16.01min over 5.03k, according to his Apple Watch. Assuming that's roughly 15.55ish, that's seriously impressive. If he ran it on a track it'd put him in the top 30 British 5,000m this year #MUFC pic.twitter.com/BTeuPsegpU- Alex Terrell (@alxterrell) April 21, 2020
Incredibly, he got better the further he ran - completing his final two kilometres in three minutes respectively after achieving his first in three minutes, 32 seconds.
To further demonstrate just how strong a runner McTominay is over 5k, he would have made the top 30 in the UK had he done the challenge over a 400m track.
He's leading the way as far as United players and their quarantine exercise.
"A lot of the boys are going outside, doing runs and sending them in. It's a competition to get the best 5k time," Dan James told the Daily Mail.
"It's been good, nice and competitive still.
"Scott is winning at the moment and I don't think anyone is going to top it."
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