The Mancunian club has plenty of players with serious pace, and therefore, it is not surprising that three of their big guns made the top four list for setting the tempo alive on the pitch. United’s approach on the counter was potent, and with sheer pace, they can be trouble for most sides.
According to a statistic in Opta data, United’s three players were amongst the top 4 in setting the pace. Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Marcus Rashford set the fastest sprinting pace in the opening week.
Apart from their astounding pace, all the three players attacked the Hammers, as Lukaku scored a brace, with Pogba getting a goal. Rashford impressed largely, but was unlucky, as he saw his shot hit the post.
The statistic suggests Frenchman Pogba and new recruit Lukaku both clocked at 21.5 mph to top the charts. Lukaku was dangerous on the counter and drove forward ferociously at times.
Meanwhile, Rashford clocked 21.3 mph, and it was his swift counter that was difficult for the heart of the West Ham defence to deal with, as he slipped a delightful ball through to the Belgian, who smashed home the side’s opener.
This will definitely make manager Jose Mourinho proud of his side’s pace. Besides the trio, United also boast of swift runners in the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, and Antonio Valencia. Moreover, they will be further bolstered by Luke Shaw when the defender returns from injury.
United face a trip to Swansea next this weekend, as they will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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