Jesse Lingard and Daniel James.

Lingard enters the race to be Reds' fastest player

Jesse Lingard has entered the race to become Manchester United’s fastest player this season, after clocking the quickest pace during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the derby.

Daniel James and Marcus Rashford have dominated the chart so far this campaign, by registering the quickest speeds in the first 15 Premier League matches of 2019/20. 

But their dominance was ended at the weekend when local lad Lingard came out on top, clocking a top pace of 34.43 kilometres per hour, according to data recorded by Opta.  

Academy graduate Rashford has tallied the quickest speed of any Red this term, after hitting 36.32 km/h against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in August. 

James currently boasts 35.70 km/h as his greatest pace from a Premier League match so far this season, in the draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

 

FASTEST SPEEDS THIS SEASON

As it stands, Rashford has been United’s quickest player in eight top-flight matches this season and James for seven, while Lingard has one game to his name.

Check out our game-by-game guide…

Chelsea = James (33.52)
Wolves = Rashford (33.33)
Palace = Rashford (36.32)
Southampton = James (34.24)
Leicester = James (35.04)
West Ham = James (33.81)
Arsenal = Rashford (35.53)
Newcastle = James (34.09)
Liverpool = Rashford (33.39)
Norwich = Rashford (33.70)
Bournemouth = Rashford (33.67)
Brighton = Rashford (36.15)
Sheffield United = James (35.70)
Aston Villa = James (35.08)
Tottenham Hotspur = Rashford (34.39)
Manchester City = Lingard (34.43)

*All speeds recorded in km/h

LINGARD WAS FULL OF LEGS

As well as recording the top speed, data recorded by Opta also shows that Lingard covered more distance than any other player at the Etihad Stadium – with 11.88 kilometres to his name.  

Jesse’s energy and enthusiasm around the pitch was fundamental to United’s approach, with his pace proving to be particularly dangerous on the counter attack against City’s defence. 

The 26-year-old’s performance was the latest in a series of positive outings, after he scored against Astana as captain and started the vital Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur. 

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“He's Man United through and through,” praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend. “He's a Red, he's got a great attitude and a great work-rate.

“It's great to work with him. It's good to see him back to his old self.”

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