Norway boss urged Sander Berge to leave Sheffield United

Norway manager Stale Solbakken has spoken about Sander Berge and believes the midfielder needs to leave Bramall Lane.

Berge is currently away with the Norwegian Solbakken team and is due to return to Shirecliffe in the next few days. Having started in the loss against Spain, Berge is on the bench today against Georgia.



Of course, many at United expected to see Berge go. But after staying out in January following interest from the likes of Everton and Newcastle, Berge and United are now under pressure to win promotion.

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Berge told him to leave Sheffield United

Despite being a regular in the Bramall Lane starting XI, Berge’s international manager has once again encouraged Berge to keep going.

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Speaking to TV2, through Sport Witness, Solbakken believes that the style of play in the Championship is not good for Berge.

“The next step for him is that he has to leave the Championship. He has nothing to do with Sheffield United, because they are the second best team there. But he is all about the football that is usually played there,” Solbakken said.

“For him to take the next step, it can be good to enter a different culture and structure.”

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Being completely honest here, Sander Berge’s time at Sheffield United hasn’t been the most inspiring of spells.

Sure, he’s had decent games and looked like a real threat heading into the playoffs last season. But, there is a large section of Sheffield United fans who would not have been terribly disappointed to see Berge sold for over £20m in January.

So though Solbakken might enjoy taking his random little shots as he has again here. The fact is, Berge still hasn’t produced enough to warrant a big change. And until he produces consistently, he’s likely to remain a Blades player.

We’d love nothing more than for Sander to really ramp things up between now and the end of May. If he does, United will win promotion. But Solbakken’s comments give the impression that Berge has been consistently brilliant in red and white, when the reality is a bit different.

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