Chris Wilder is facing a selection headache in midfield this weekend it would seem, with Sander Berge and John Lundstram vying for a start.
It was always going to come as the Blades sqaud grew. It is, in fact, what Wilder wanted all along. Competition for places and players really pushing each other to the brink.
After signing Berge for a club-record fee, he was always going to get the nod in his early days. Put simply, you don’t go and spend £22m on a player and let him sit on the bench.
However, Berge’s displays have not been anything above average. Indeed, he made an error against Bournemouth that led to a goal and was replaced by Lundstram – who got the winner – in the second half.
Lundstram’s impact, then, leaves the Blades boss with a bit of a headache for this weekend. Brighton are the visitors to Bramall Lane as Wilder’s men look to continue their push for European football.
The case for both players
There is no disguising the fact that Lundstram has done all he can to force his way into Wilder’s thinking for this weekend. A performance full of energy at Crysal Palace helped the Blades over the line while his winning goal last weekend was the midfielder really laying down a marker.
Berge, meanwhile, has showed flashes of his class. He got to grips with the game eventually last weekened and showed some nice touches in midfield. He is, of course, still adapting to the English game and learning the position in the United set up.
In a nutshell, it’s a tough one for Wilder to call this weekend. There’s an argument that, on paper, this is the ideal for Berge to be involved with. Brighton like to play footbally and aren’t exactly known for their intense pressing and touch tackling (as Palace are).
Berge will probably get the nod once again. However, if the patter plays out in a similar fashion to recent weeks, then Lundstram might find himself back in the XI sooner, rather than later.