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Can Burnley get Man Utd on the run?

Adam Smith 22 Apr 2017
Sam Vokes, Burnley

Sky Sports' Adam Smith on the contrasting styles of Sunday's teams, one of whom boasts the PL's second-quickest player

Two teams with contrasting styles face off on Sunday when Manchester United visit Burnley, as Sky Sports’ Adam Smith observes.

Back-to-back wins have extended Man Utd's unbeaten run to 22 matches, but, remarkably, this sequence has come despite them covering the least ground in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho's men average a league-low 106km covered per match in 2016/17.

Ander Herrera, Manchester United
Man Utd have averaged a league-low 106km covered per match in 2016/17

This contrasts to Burnley, who have ran 462km more, with their average of 113.7km ranking fifth in the top flight.

Highest average distances covered per match
Rank Club Distance (km)
1 Liverpool 116.9
2 Man City 115.0
3 West Brom 114.4
4 Spurs 114.1
5 Burnley 113.7
20 Man Utd 106.1

Burnley will be hoping their incessant work-rate gives them the edge this weekend.

For this, three tireless players will be key to any victory. James Tarkowski (15.16km), Ashley Westwood (12.80km) and George Boyd (11.57km) top the average distance covered per match of all Man Utd and Burnley players.

On the other side of the spectrum, United defender Eric Bailly not only averages the least distance covered in both camps, he ranks bottom of all outfield Premier League players to play more than 90 minutes this season. 

Marcus Rashford, Man Utd
Man Utd's Marcus Rashford has posted the second-highest top speed in 2016/17

United will instead be looking to speed rather than distance to beat Burnley.

They possess the Premier League’s second-quickest player in Marcus Rashford.

Only Shane Long, of Southampton, has bettered the 19-year-old’s top speed of 35.2km/h this season, while Ashley Young has matched the pace set by Middlesbrough's speed demon, Adama Traore.

See: Who are the PL’s quickest players?

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