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Who is United's marathon man since the restart?

Tuesday 07 July 2020 07:00

We all appreciate these are taxing times for Premier League footballers with the matches coming thick and fast after the restart.

There is little time for rest and we have already played four league matches, starting with the draw at Tottenham on 19 June.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is carefully handling his squad but the Reds' outstanding form has led to the same XI being selected in our last three Premier League outings, meaning the players are putting in the hard yards out on the pitch.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is showing his supreme fitness by relishing the workload.

Spare a thought for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who tops the distance chart by running 43.4 kilometres across the four games. Last summer's signing from Crystal Palace has not only been defending with his usual energy and conviction but he has been galloping forward to link up with the attack, and put in several telling crosses during Saturday's 5-2 victory over Bournemouth.

It has been a lung-busting effort from the 22-year-old, who also assisted Mason Greenwood's fine strike at Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Furthermore, no Red has made more sprints than Wan-Bissaka over this period (47), although Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have registered the same amount, with Mason Greenwood only one behind. This was helped by our no.29 racking up 20 in the Bournemouth game alone, the most since the restart.

Of course, everybody has been putting in a real shift but Bruno Fernandes is in second spot in terms of kilometres covered, narrowly ahead of captain Harry Maguire and left-back Luke Shaw.

Our Player of the Month for June's figures for the Spurs clash were the most impressive (11.47km) since we returned to action, even if Wan-Bissaka (11.14) and Nemanja Matic (11.12), who signed a new contract on Monday, have also topped the 11km mark more recently.

There is no let-up in the fixture schedule with Thursday's trip to Aston Villa followed by a Monday night date with in-form Southampton at Old Trafford.

Next week is particularly hectic with two games to follow in London, against Crystal Palace on 16 July and the Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea at Wembley only three days later.

The final week of the Premier League campaign then includes a home clash with West Ham on the Wednesday ahead of the finale at Leicester City on 26 July.

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