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Wayne Rooney is faster than 12 Manchester United teammates - including Paul Pogba

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Wayne Rooney has taken some serious flack over the first few months of the 2016/17 season.

From being told he is well past his prime and should retire after a poor start to the campaign, to being called out for late-night drinking whilst on England duty, the Manchester United captain's status as a top class player has been brought into question on a near weekly basis.

The latest accusation thrown his way - from Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho this weekend - is that, at 31-years-old, he was too slow to be considered for a starting role in United's 1-1 draw against Arsenal last Saturday.

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Speaking on his decision to leave Rooney on the bench for the crunch Premier League fixture, Mourinho explained:

"I believed [Juan] Mata, [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford were faster than Wayne, better (at) attacking opponents one to one in the last line. I thought it was the best option."

True speed

However, according to stats revealed by The Sun today, the Red Devils manager appears to be doing Rooney a disservice. 

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That's because, far from being a burden due to his lack of pace at this stage of his career, Rooney has actually clocked a higher top speed than no fewer than 12 of his United teammates this season - including the likes of Mata and Paul Pogba.

Having topped out at 20.21 miles per hour in the Premier League this year, Rooney is level with Henrikh Mkhitaryan as United's joint 10th faster player. 

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The 12 teammates he has left in his dust are, from slowest to quickest:

Michael Carrick - 16.93 mph
Morgan Schneiderlin - 17.7 mph
Memphis Depay - 18.97 mph
Timothy Fosu-Mensah - 18.98 mph
Marouane Fellaini - 19.03 mph
Ander Herrera - 19.03 mph
Daley Blind - 19.31 mph
Matteo Darmian - 19.64 mph
Marcus Rojo - 19.93 - mph
Juan Mata - 19.94 mph
Paul Pogba - 20.19 mph
Phil Jones - 20.2 mph

Rooney has shown a turn of pace throughout his career, whether in bursting forward to join counter attacks or tracking back to help defend in the more withdrawn role he has fulfilled recently.

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Even still, seeing his name above some of those on the list above will surprise a lot of United fans - especially the likes of Mata and Depay - a winger supposedly known for his speed.

As for the quickest United players so far this year? 

Mourinho wasn't wrong to list Rashford and Martial, with both youngster ranking near the top. But it is a United summer signing who leads the way. 

Here's how the top five breaks down:

Eric Bailly - 21.65 mph
Marcus Rashford - 21.39 mph
Luke Shaw - 20.98 mph
Jesse Lingard - 20.79 mph
Anthony Martial - 20.79 mph

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Paul Scholes
Manchester United
Football
Premier League
Ryan Giggs
Juan Mata

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