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Sheffield United Ace Reveals How One Encounter With Virgil van Dijk Made Him Hit The Gym

Sheffield United Ace Reveals How One Encounter With Virgil van Dijk Made Him Hit The Gym

Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie says he bounced right off Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk when he tried to push the Dutchman away from the ball.

Even though the £75m man was off balance, the centre-back still managed to shrug off the challenge and it led McBurnie to decide that he needed to hit the gym:

“I bounced off van Dijk and realised I needed to do a bit of bench press. He had everything and I felt like a little girl against him.”

“I’m skinnier than a lot of defenders so when the ball goes up in the air, I give them a nudge in the air and that’s always worked, at any level.”

“I tried it with van Dijk. He was off-balance, and I still bounced straight off him. I thought: ‘I’ll have to go and play off Joel Matip here instead!’.”

Van Dijk has done that to a countless number of Premier League forwards so McBurnie should not feel too disheartened. It is his first season playing in the Premier League and it will be a steep learning curve.

The Scottish international has not yet lived up to his £20m price tag, having scored just four goals in 26 league games so far this campaign.

However, McBurnie is still only 23 years of age, and under the guidance of a man like Chris Wilder, he is very much in the right hands to reach his full potential.