The top three fastest players in the Premier League this season have been announced – and, perhaps surprisingly, Diogo Dalot is one of the names on the list.
The 23-year-old has established himself as the first-choice right-back under Erik ten Hag. He has started each of the Red Devils’ 11 Premier League games this term.
United do face a battle to keep hold of the player, however, with his contract expiring this summer. Juventus, Real Madrid and AC Milan have all been credited with an interest in Dalot.
The Red Devils do have an option to keep the Portugal international at the club for another year – and will certainly hope to convince the right-back to stay.
The 23-year-old’s strengths are his excellent work going forward, passing ability and ball carrying.
Dalot does possess plenty of pace, but is not normally considered as a full-back with express pace in the mould of Kyle Walker or Alphonso Davies.
However, new statistics might well prove that view to be incorrect.
Dalot is one of the Premier League’s quickest
According to Opta, Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez is the player that has recorded the fastest sprint speed in the Premier League this season.
He ran at 36.5km/h during the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Fulham on the opening day of the season.
In second place is Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, who has been in superb form for Mikel Arteta’s side this term. He clocked a top speed of 35.9km/h.
Following him in third is Dalot, who recorded a sensational 35.8km/h top speed.
As per the International Association of Athletics Federations (via Spanish outlet AS), Usain Bolt ran a top speed of 44.16km/h during his 100m world record set during the World Athletics Championships in 2009.
Manchester City star Walker, meanwhile, is the fastest player in the history of the Premier League – although he doesn’t appear in the top five list this season. That list is completed by Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin (35.7km/h) and Bournemouth’s Jack Stacey (35.6km/h).