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Manchester United bottom of Premier League for distance covered

April 20, 2017 5:02 AM
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Manchester United bottom of Premier League for distance covered

Manchester United are bottom of the Premier League for distance covered but face one of the most tireless teams in Burnley this Sunday.

United have hit form with back-to-back league wins and extended their unbeaten run to 22 games after a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

Burnley have run 462km more than the Red Devils this term - the same distance as Burnley to London, albeit having played two more games.

When it comes to individual players, United defender Eric Bailly covers the least distance of any outfield Premier League player to have played more than 90 minutes this season, with 7.99km per game.

A host of his team-mates are among the league's least mobile players, including Phil Jones (8.89km), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8.95km), Anthony Martial (9.16km) and Chris Smalling (9.21km).

Burnley's James Tarkowski tops the two teams with 15.16km per game, followed by team-mates Michael Knightly (13.06km), Ashley Westwood (12.80km) and George Boyd (11.57km).

For United, Jesse Lingard (12.04km), Juan Mata (11.97km) and Marouane Fellaini (11.71km) cover the greatest distance.

Liverpool cover the most distance per game with 116.9km, followed by Manchester City (115.0km), West Brom (114.4km) and Tottenham (114.1km).

Of players that have played more than 500 minutes, Bournemouth's Dan Gosling tops the league with a lung-busting 13.22km per game on average, followed by Liverpool's Adam Lallana on 12.24km per game.

Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson has run the farthest of players playing more than 3,000 Premier League minutes this season, covering 376km in total - that's the equivalent of nine marathons.

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is the league's second-top runner on 370km, followed by N'Golo Kante (361km), Sam Clucas (360km) and James Milner (356km).

Perhaps surprisingly, Southampton striker Shane Long is the Premier League's fastest player this season, hitting 35.31km/h against Watford in August.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is the runner-up on 35.21km/h, followed by Matt Phillips (35.20km/h), Lynden Gooch, Brad Smith (both 35.19km/h) and Kyle Walker (35.18km/h).

Rashford's pace rattled Chelsea during United's win at Old Trafford on Sunday and could be deployed against the Clarets this weekend. But Burnley have their own speedy striker in Andre Gray, who has a top speed of 34.87km/h.

Interestingly, Middlesbrough speed merchant Adama Traore has only matched veteran United midfielder Ashley Young on 34.97km/h.

Also read: Is Marcus Rashford the new Harry Kane? Now is the time for Manchester United to find out

Source: skysports.com

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