Opta reveals three fastest players at Man United, surprise name included

Manchester United have released official statistics documenting their fastest players this season, with data collected by Opta.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer relies on pace in his side to stretch defences on the counter-attack, and there are a number of speedsters within the squad that will claim they are the quickest.

Welsh winger Daniel James unsurprisingly dominates the speed statistics in games, clocking the fastest individual pace in 12 of the 29 Premier League games this season.

James’ rapidness can be devastating on the counter attack and he has settled in well at Old Trafford since arriving from Swansea City in the summer, albeit not contributing as many goals as we would have liked.

READ MORE: The key thing Solskjaer has changed in Man United’s recruitment strategy

But while James may the quickest on a consistent basis, the fastest speed recorded from a player this season is actually Mason Greenwood. The forward is deceptively quick and tops the charts as he racked up a top speed of 37.60km/h against Everton away.

Surprisingly, Brazilian midfielder Fred is next on the list, clocking a speed of 37.29km/h against Everton at Old Trafford. While Fred is undeniably the most mobile player in Solskjaer’s midfield for his endless running, he would not have been deemed in many fans’ eyes as one of the quickest in terms of raw pace.

Embed from Getty Images

James is third on the list for top speeds with 36.90km/h in the victory against Burnley at Turf Moor in December.

Vote for Stretty News!

Stretty News is running in this year’s Football Content Awards at Tottenham’s stadium. Even though the event itself is in doubt after the coronavirus outbreak, you can still cast your vote for the Premier League’s Best Club Content Creator.

You can also vote via Instagram and Twitter — find out how here.

More Stories Daniel James Fred Man Utd Mason Greenwood OIe Gunnar Solskjaer