Speedster Dan James was surprisingly not among Manchester United’s three fastest players in his opening season at the club.

Data tracked by the Premier League shows two United players clocked exactly the same top speed this past season, The Mail reports.

Manchester United’s top three fastest players

  1. Mason Greenwood

    23.36mph

  2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    23.36mph

  3. Fred

    23.17mph

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Greenwood and Wan-Bissaka were the joint three-fastest players in the Premier League, behind only Kyle Walker and Adama Traore.

Fred also featured in the top 10, as the ninth fastest player in the Premier League.

Pace and explosiveness vital to United’s game

Ole Gunnar Solskajer went into the season demanding hard work from his players.

With hard graft comes high fitness levels, and top athletes are capable of reaching fast speeds.

 

This can prove especially devastating on the counter attack, as United demonstrated in the 3-0 away win at Brighton exactly a month ago.

For Greenwood to figure so highly in this list is notable considering he is just 18-years-old, and is still maturing physically into the player he will eventually become.

£50 million man Wan-Bissaka is not exactly renowned for his top speed, more so his defensive work. His desire and determination to chase down attackers and get tackles in no doubt contributed to his clocking a fast time.

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£47 million midfielder Fred is another player who is known more so for hard graft than individual skill, yet his fitness has been on another level this season, he played 90 minutes in every Premier League game between mid-October and the restart against Tottenham.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah recorded the fastest time of all players in the Premier League in 2018/19 while on loan at Fulham before his injury.

Like Dan James he will be hoping to get the better of his teammates next season, if he gets the opportunities.

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