Sander Berge, the 25-year-old Norway international, transitioned from Sheffield United to Burnley in August, marking a move from one promoted club to another.
Despite both teams facing challenges in the Premier League, they view Saturday’s match as crucial, residing in the relegation zone with only one win each in 13 games.
Burnley’s manager, Vincent Kompany, highlighted an improvement in performances, crediting Berge for playing a pivotal role after a few weeks of acclimatisation in east Lancashire.
“I think he’s one of the players that has looked a leader for our team, and he’ll be massively important again for us on Saturday and in the games ahead,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
Many Blades fans feel that they made a huge mistake selling Berge to Burnley, and that move could come back to bite them on Saturday.
It would be typical Sheffield United fashion if the Norwegian midfielder put in a man of the match performance on Saturday and was involved in the winning goal.
But United’s new midfielders, Vinicius Souza and Gustavo Hamer, should be eager to prove a point against the former Blade. That midfield battle could prove to be the most significant battle of them all, and whichever side gets the edge in the middle of the park should be the dominant force.