Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has warned Manchester City that the Blades will make things as difficult as possible when the two teams meet in the FA Cup semi-final.
Pep Guardiola’s side advanced to the next round of the competition after beating Burnley 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick for the hosts, and Julian Alvarez (2) and Cole Palmer also scored for the Blues.
Meanwhile, the Blades booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-final by beating Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane on Sunday, with Tommy Doyle, who is on loan from City, scoring a stoppage-time shoutout to secure a 3-2 win. over their rivals in the Championship.
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While City loaners Doyle and James McAtee will not be available to play their parent club at Wembley, the United striker McBurnie has insisted that Paul Heckingbottom’s side will do everything they can to progress to the final.
“It will be a good day, I’m sure,” said the striker. “It’s a tough game, obviously; playing against the best team in the world, in my opinion. I really think so. It will be good. We played them a couple of times a couple of years ago (in the Premier League) and we were always in the game and we made it interesting. It will be a great day for the fans, and we will be there to make it as difficult as possible for City.”
City have won their last four games against United, with their last loss to the Blades coming in the FA Cup in January 2008. The Blues will be favorites to advance to the final when the teams meet at Wembley on April 22.
McBurnie, who scored to make it 2-2 against Blackburn at the weekend, admitted it was nice to get past Blackburn after losing to them in the league earlier this month.
He added: “It was probably the tie we wanted (against Blackburn) in terms of going through to the next round. We had played them a couple of weeks before and we weren’t really at the races that day, so it was one we thought was good. to get them back.
“It was a good occasion and I thought the guys were excellent. People have told me how much fun the game was as a neutral to watch, so it’s always good to entertain as well.”