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Fred Is Manchester United's Quickest Player This Season

Fred Is Manchester United's Quickest Player This Season

Midfielder Fred has outpaced forwards Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and the rest of his teammates to become Manchester United's quickest player, until Paul Pogba runs for the exit door that is.

Surprisingly Fred has become one of few positives for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, with the Brazilian improving to look somewhere closer to the £50 million player the club signed in 2018, though he's not there yet.

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Perhaps most surprising of all is Fred has notched up the quickest sprint of any of his teammates. According to Opta Stats, via the Sun, the former Shakhtar Donetsk player ran 23.1 mph during one run against Everton last week.

In comparison Rashford's quickest came during the loss against Crystal Palace in August, when he clocked 22.56 mph during one of his sprints.

Winger James, who had a great start to the season in his first year at United but has since tailed off, reached 22.18 mph during the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United last month.

In 15 of the first 17 games of the Premier League season one of Rashford or James topped the speed test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team with Jesse Lingard's 21.39 mph in the Manchester derby the only exception other than Fred's table topping sprint.

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Fred celebrating being the fastest player at United. Image: PA Images
Fred celebrating being the fastest player at United. Image: PA Images

For a real comparison roadrunners are known to only run 20 mph, although they probably have to slow down to worry about falling acme anvils.

Back in the summer, before he was sold to Inter, Romelu Lukaku was known to have annoyed the Manchester United hierarchy when he leaked the speed stats for the summer's training.

Diogo Dalot was shown to be the fastest at the time, with Lukaku in second and Tahith Chong in third whilst Luke Shaw, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were bottom of the table.

Things aren't going well for Solskjaer. Image: PA Images
Things aren't going well for Solskjaer. Image: PA Images

The only place United seem to be going quickly right now is down the the Premier League table. On Sunday they handed Watford their first home win of the season, losing 2-0 to the Hornets.

Solskjaer's side were poor for much of the game and only showed real fight once Paul Pogba came on, returning from injury, and gave the side attacking impetus.

Just how much longer do you think Solskjaer will get in charge?

Topics: Watford, Daniel James, Football News, Manchester United, Premier League, Marcus Rashford, Fred, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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