Manchester United will have pace to burn during this upcoming Premier League season — if Anthony Elanga’s four-man relay team is anything to go by.
The 19-year-old academy prospect continues to make his way in the first-team environment at Old Trafford.
Indeed, having been handed a senior debut last term, the Swede and his fellow non-internationals continue to put in the hard yards during their pre-season training camp in Surrey.
They are set to be joined by returning Euro 2020 stars such as Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford next month.
Of course, there is little doubt that Rashford is one of the quickest players at Old Trafford right now.
According to statistics from Opta, the 23-year-old clocked up a searing 36.26 km/h pace during a trip to Stamford Bridge in February, while he regularly hit similar speeds throughout the course of that latest Premier League term — much to the fear of defenders across the division.
Mason Greenwood wasn’t too far behind him at 35.04 km/h vs Arsenal, but even the United graduate missed out on selection for Elanga’s relay team.
That was in favour of Rashford, the Swede himself, Teden Mengi and Welsh speedster Dan James.
Speaking to the MUFC website, Elanga said: “I’m good at both 100m and 1,500m.
“I love a relay too and if I had to pick my own team, it’d be a serious team. [At the] start we’ll have Rashy. He’d make sure we blast out the blocks. Then we’ll have me. Third we’ll have Teds, Teden Mengi.
“And then last, Jamo [Daniel James]. No one is beating us. It’s a very, very pacy team. We’ll have to sort it out — let’s chat to the coaches…”
According to Opta statistics, Elanga was the 11th fastest United player last season, while the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka rated closer to Rashford and Greenwood in the official order.
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