Chris Smalling is Manchester United's fastest player

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling claims he is the fastest player at the club - and that the majority of his team-mates agree with him.

The Red Devils have a host of notorious speedsters amongst their ranks including Antonio Valencia, Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj - however Smalling is confident of breezing past all of them in a race.

The defender was speaking ahead of his return to pre-season alongside his Manchester United team-mates, and the England international also added that he wanted a race before the season starts to settle the matter once and for all.


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'Yeah, I'd back myself against the majority (of the squad) whether it be over five, 10 or 40 metres to be honest,' he told

'That might surprise a few people but I think if you asked most of the guys, they wouldn't want to race me. When we do warm-ups, we do five or 10 metre sprints... it's never an actual race but hopefully come pre-season we can put that to bed and have a race. I'm game for that.'

Smalling also mentioned young striker James Wilson as well as Di Maria and Januzaj as being in contention for the title of Manchester United's quickest player.

The Red Devils returned to pre-season training today ahead of their pre-season tour of north America, although one player who won't be present is Angel di Maria.


The Argentinian international was carried off in tears during his country's Copa America final defeat against Chile on Saturday with a hamstring injury - and now his pre-season preparations are in jeopardy.

The former Real Madrid man, who was also forced to sit out of Argentina's World Cup final defeat against Germany last year, could even miss the first game of the 2015/16 season against Tottenham, although the club are still waiting on a diagnosis.


Di Maria's Argentinian team-mate Marcos Rojo is also scheduled to miss Manchester United's tour of north America as he recuperates from his exertions at the Copa America - however for his cub team-mates back at Old Trafford it is gearing up to be a gruelling summer.

According to reports Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal intends to give his players double training sessions over the summer in order to insure they are ready for the rigours of the upcoming season.

The Dutch boss is said to be prepping for his 'boot camp' after growing frustrated that his squad started last season slowly after  a disrupted pre-season.

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