Sheffield United edged their way past Bristol City last night as they moved to within touching distance of promotion back to the Premier League.
The Blades had a goal from James McAtee midway through the second half to thank for the win. The Manchester City loanee had come on at half-time and influenced the game massively.
Others also played well in the second 45, one of whom was Sander Berge. The big Norwegian grew in stature throughout the tie and was vital in United seeing out the game in the end.
And after Berge spoke so impressively on SUTV after the game, former Blade Mark Duffy admitted to being impressed with Berge’s ability to navigate through tough Championship fixtures.
“It just shows his football intelligence. We were just speaking about the different ways in football and what he sees is the chaos, but he doesn’t want to play in the chaos and he doesn’t want other players to play in that chaos,” Duffy said.
“I totally get what he means. The Championship can feel like that because it’s frantic and it’s end to end. Some teams want you to play the way they want to play. But cos we have so many technical players we like to move the ball around and that’s what he was trying to say then.”
Berge will be key for United this weekend against Manchester City. The midfielder will come up against one of his best friends in football, Erling Haaland.
Sheffield United News View: Berge has been key when it matters
For all the groans and moans whenever Sander Berge makes a slight error, the big Norwegian has been absolutely key in the run-in.
Berge’s presence in the midfield and ability to control games has been vital. Of course, there are times when as a fan you feel he might be able to do even more. But in the main, Berge has more than justified his selection.
Going into next season, Berge will once again be key. He is among a cluster of players United could do with tying down to fresh terms. Whether or not that is possible, is another matter entirely.