Oli McBurnie opens up on Man U injury extent ahead of Sheffield United’s tough Arsenal clash

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Striker a doubt for Arsenal clash after limping off against Man U

Oli McBurnie admitted his groin injury “didn’t feel great” as Sheffield United sweat over the fitness of another key man ahead of this weekend’s trip to Arsenal. The striker limped off early in the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Bramall Lane.

McBurnie suffered the damage early in the game, and almost surrendered the chance to equalise from the penalty spot to teammate Gus Hamer as he feared he couldn’t kick the ball properly. In the end McBurnie did tuck away the spot kick to make it 1-1 but after he limped off, United lost a focal part of their set-up and eventually lost 2-1 thanks to Diego Dalot’s long-range stunner.

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Although United’s display was much improved, with an increased tempo and attacking threat, defeat kept them bottom of the table and left them stranded on one point from nine games. The tasks don’t get any easier, with title-chasing Arsenal up next at the Emirates, and United will desperately hope that McBurnie does not join the likes of Anel Ahmedhodžić, John Egan and Chris Basham in the already-overcrowded Bramall Lane treatment room.

“It didn’t feel great, so we’ll have to see how it settles down and what the physios say,” said McBurnie of his injury. “The timing was so annoying. It was so inconspicuous and I was hobbling around after about 15 minutes. I was enjoying it out there; it was fun. Physically, it was an enjoyable battle. I like being in those games. Hopefully it’s not too bad.”

The goal was McBurnie’s first of the season, making him only the second Blades striker to hit the target this season after Cameron Archer’s debut strike against Everton. The Scottish international was close to heading a late winner in that game and has also squandered a number of other good chances so far this season, including one early on against the Red Devils.

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“It’s good to be off the mark for the season. I should have had a few more already by this stage,” he admitted. “But I’d rather take three points than anything personally. I always pride myself, no matter the result, that the centre-halves will never have an easy game and know they’ve been in a battle.

“I thought the boys were good. There’ll be some pride and some things we can build on, but the overriding emotion is gutted. We put so much into the game but against such quality there’s nothing we can do when someone puts it into the top corner from 25 yards. That’s the joys of being in the Premier League.”

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