Revealed: United's fastest player so far this season

Friday 20 March 2020 19:00

Speed has become a devastating weapon in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young and improving squad this season, but who is currently the quickest player at Manchester United?

This break from football has allowed us to reflect on data that is kept by statistical experts Opta and their forensic records show which Reds topped the pace charts in each Premier League fixture.

It may not surprise you to learn that livewire forward Daniel James has clocked the fastest individual speed in 12 of our 29 top-flight matches this campaign, which is more than any of his team-mates. 

Marcus Rashford is second on the overall list after registering the top speeds in nine league games before his back injury, suffered in January, ruled the top scorer out for at least three to four months. 

However, while they are consistently the quickest, you will be interested to learn that neither of the fleet-footed Reds have produced the single highest pace at United this season. So who is it? Keep scrolling to discover who is number one…
Did you know?
*According to Opta data says

Summer signing Daniel James has clocked the fastest individual speed in 12 of United's 29 top-flight matches this campaign, which is more than any of his Reds team-mates.


Gifted Academy product Mason Greenwood recently threw his name into the hat to become United’s fastest player this season by producing a blistering top speed of 37.60 km/h. That is higher than any other Red this campaign.

It was officially noted by Opta earlier this month, on Sunday 1 March, during the striker’s hard-working performance as a starter in the 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.   

As a result, Greenwood has overtaken our combative midfielder Fred in the pace table – after the Brazilian unleashed a sprint of 37.29 km/h in our Old Trafford draw with the Toffees in December.

Check out the current top speeds this season so far…

Everton (a) = Greenwood (37.60)
Everton (h) = Fred (37.29)
Burnley (a) = James (36.90)
Liverpool (a) = James (36.50)
Crystal Palace (h) = Rashford (36.32)

*All speeds recorded in km/h.

Did you know?
*According to Opta data says

Impressively, 10 different United players have topped the speed chart in this season's Premier League matches, with Mason Greenwood's 37.60 km/h the top pace so far.


According to Opta, these are the quickest players from our 29 Premier League matches this season…

Chelsea = James (33.52)
Wolverhampton Wanderers = Rashford (33.33)
Crystal Palace = Rashford (36.32)
Southampton = James (34.24)
Leicester City = James (35.04)
West Ham United = James (33.81)
Arsenal = Rashford (35.53)
Newcastle United = James (34.09)
Liverpool = Rashford (33.39)
Norwich City = Rashford (33.70)
Bournemouth = Rashford (33.67)
Brighton & Hove Albion = Rashford (36.15)
Sheffield United = James (35.70)
Aston Villa = James (35.08)
Tottenham Hotspur = Rashford (34.39)
Manchester City = Lingard (34.43)
Everton = Fred (37.29)
Watford = Rashford (34.39)
Newcastle United = Andreas (34.68)
Burnley = James (36.90)
Arsenal = James (34.41)
Norwich City = Williams (34.04)
Liverpool = James (36.50)
Burnley = Jones (34.44)
Wolverhampton Wanders = Lindelof (35.17)
Chelsea = James (34.09)
Watford = Chong (35.47)
Everton = Greenwood (37.60)
Manchester City = James (35.21)

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