Sander Berge was the focus of attention last night for much of the night as Sheffield United eventually saw off Wrexham in the FA Cup.
The Blades needed two injury time goals to see off the National League side. In the end, Billy Sharp and Sander Berge’s cool finishes after 90 minutes ensured a safe passage for the Blades.
Of course, for Berge, it was a chance to showcase his talents to a big onlooking audience. The Norwegian was one of the big talking points of the January window. In the end, he remained a Blades player as United rejected approaches from the likes of Newcastle and Fulham.
Berge is seen as key for United. However, speaking about the midfielder on ITV last night, co-commentator Ally McCoist noticed Berge was taking too many touches, especially in the final third.
“This is what I said before. He’s just taking that extra touch. He’s better hitting that first time. He’s just taking the sting out of the entire attack. As I say, Berge is a good player but the opening 45 minutes for me he’s just taken a touch too many,” McCoist said on ITV comms.
Berge has scored five goals this season now for United. After returning from yet another injury, Paul Heckingbottom will be hoping the Norwegian star can stay fit for the Championship run-in.
Sheffield United News View: Berge showed his class at times v Wrexham
There’s times when every United fan feels like Sander Berge can do better and really impose himself on proceedings.
Last night against Wrexham, Berge did do that in patches. In the second half, in particular, Berge drove forward on more than one occasion and created chances for the Blades.
Berge is crucial to United as the Championship enters it’s final stages. Much like last season, he can be a key player and effectively help drive the Blades to promotion.