Sheffield United proved stern opposition for current Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday, ultimately going down 1-0 at Bramall Lane (BBC Sport).
The Blades made life tough for Pep Guardiola’s side, holding them at bay for well over an hour before a moment of sheer brilliance from Kevin De Bruyne finally opened them up and Sergio Aguero netted the winning goal.
Chris Wilder was happy with his team’s display however (@SheffieldUnited), with several players producing strong performances on the night. One man who came in for specific praise on social media however was striker Oli McBurnie.
Whilst the Scotland international didn’t manage to get his name on the scoresheet, he did make a nuisance of himself at the top of the pitch and managed to win a total of nine aerial duels. Added to that he also contributed defensively by making one interception and two clearances, whilst also blocking one shot (SofaScore).
It is McBurnie’s first season with the Blades and so far he has managed to net four goals in the top flight overall, including the winner against West Ham earlier in January (Transfermarkt).
Several Blades fans were very impressed with his display against Manchester City even though he didn’t add to his tally, with several taking to Twitter to praise the former Swansea City man. Indeed, one even described the 23-year-old as a ‘young Ibrahimovic‘. Here is what some had to say…
Brilliant performance Oli!! So proud of this team!!! ⚔️
— TheBlades (@skibumg) January 21, 2020
And your best game so far, mate. Won absolutely everything in the air. Respect.
— Phil Samuels (@sludgemonkeyfil) January 22, 2020
Fantastic today mate wow
— higgy (@ft_higgy) January 22, 2020
Played out your skin tonight Olli! Keep it up! UTB! ⚔
— ⚔Danny Mckay ⚔ (@Danny42215339) January 21, 2020
Well played oli like a young Ibrahimovic lad. Superb
— MallorcaBlade⚔ (@gavblade) January 21, 2020
Starting to adore you too Oli well done great game tonight
— Gillian meek (@shesablade9) January 21, 2020
You didn’t half put it about a bit tonight Oli. Great game and well played. Should have got a point though UTB
— Sarah Jane (@Georgiecrumble) January 21, 2020
Best game in a blades shirt tonight. Going from strength to strength. Absolutely quality.
— Chris B (@chrisbrunt1988) January 21, 2020
Quality performance last night Oli, you and the skip really linked well. Keep it up pal
— Ksa (@Borbokis86) January 22, 2020
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