Fred outstrips Marcus Rashford and Dan James as Manchester United’s quickest player

Fred (c) has recorded a seriously impressive top speed (Picture: Visionhaus)

Manchester United have some very quick players in their squad but one name you wouldn’t necessarily think of as one of their speedsters is midfielder Fred.

The Brazilian has been in good form in recent weeks, cementing his place in the first team in the middle of midfield, and he has also recorded the fastest running speed of anyone in the squad.

The 26-year-old was clocked at 37.29 km/h in the 1-1 draw with Everton last week, quicker than the likes of Marcus Rashford and Daniel James have managed all season.

Rashford has recorded the second highest speed of the campaign, reaching 36.32 km/h against Crystal Palace earlier in the season.

James managed 35.70 against Sheffield United while Jesse Lingard was United’s quickest player in the derby against Manchester City, clocking 34.43 km/h.

Fred has made 10 starts in the Premier League this season, benefiting from Paul Pogba’s injury that has kept the Frenchman out of the side.

The midfielder had come in for criticism for his form last season, after signing from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m in the summer of 2018, but has turned it around and his manager puts it down to hard work.

Fred has been in very decent form in recent weeks (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Fred has had the confidence of the coaching staff and the players all the time,’ said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

‘This form is down to him, because he’s been working really hard and, when he got the chance now that Paul [Pogba] is injured, I think he’s really grabbed it with both feet.

‘We’re all happy to see him perform at this level and I’m sure he can kick on and improve.’

Team-mate Andreas Pereira has also had kind words for the diligent Brazilian: ‘I am very happy for him.

‘He can show what he is really about this season. Last year was difficult for him but you can see he is getting more confident and hopefully he can keep it up.’

Manchester United are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon away to Watford as Solskjaer looks to extend their six-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

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