Sheffield United have had a great first season back in the Premier League, likely way beyond the expectations of even their most optimistic supporters.
The Blades could climb to fifth spot, overtaking Manchester United, if they manage to win their game in hand.
Chris Wilder has used a 3-5-2 formation and the system gives the right and left centre-backs the freedom to move the ball forward and support the wingbacks.
Sheffield United took Sander Berge from Genk in the winter market and Wilder has started the midfielder in three league matches.
The 22-year-old has given an interview to VG in Norway and shared his verdict on his new club’s formation and tactics.
“I’ve never experienced it before. And I’ve never played in such a system before either,” Berge said.
“The intention is to be unpredictable. It’s a little different.
“It’s about creating situations where we outnumber at the edges, so we can play three on two, four to three, creating an outnumber [situation] where it’s the least dangerous to lose the ball.
“Backwards, we let in very little and defend ourselves with sacrifice, compactness and aggressiveness. That is the main reason for the success.”
Berge also explained Wilder is a manager who is keen on “cultivating relationships” with players and also talked about his own start to his life at Sheffield United.
“Considering that I have neither been involved in such a system nor such a role before, it has been a good start. But of course, it’s challenging at first,” the player concluded.