The Premier League campaign has been tough for Sheffield United and it doesn’t get any easier with Man City ahead – live on talkSPORT at 12.30pm.
At some point in their first six games, there are fears that another second season syndrome case may be confirmed.
But not so quickly, this Blades team was forged under special conditions and their steel is unmistakable under manager Chris Wilder.
Midfielder Sander Berge hasn’t even been at the club for a year, but he already knows United were chosen to weather these storms.
The defeats have been slim this season, despite there being five, and they gave Liverpool a battle when they lost 2-1 last time around.
And the club’s Norwegian ace recognizes that the spirit of those of Steel City who work in and around the club helps them stay united and ready to fight for the survival of the Premier League.
Asked about the team’s mentality, Berge told talkSPORT: “Oh, that’s special. I mean like, everyone in and around the training ground or at the stadium, they would die for the club and you feel like such a passionate group of players, staff or people working in and out of the club. It’s unique, you know.
“It’s also the hard-working mentality that we bring to games. We are still united. It’s a special mentality. We are such a collective team in bad times and good times. We always stay together. This is the important thing now so that we can start winning games. “
Coach Wilder has certainly proven to be a fascinating new addition to the management ranks of England’s top flight.
Intelligent, outspoken and in good spirits, it looks like he’s already had a great effect on Berge, 22, who made the jump from Genk in January last season.
“He’s a special character,” admitted the Norway international. “Different from the ones I’ve had before but in a very good way.
“He’s such a smart man, how he talks about football, he knows the values in the end. You have to have good technique. You have to be in good physical shape and he puts everything in place.
“His mindset and mentality is something I have never experienced and he brings this team together and makes us feel so alive.
“In those words he’s very good and all the belief and faith he showed in me as a young man coming up gives me all the time of the game. He never rushed anything. I was able to fail and keep pushing and by the time you learn from all the mistakes you get better.
Moving to Bramall Lane on the Belgian side, Genk has his own start-up issues, especially for a youngster like Berge.
Club captain Bill Sharp was instrumental in helping him find his feet, however, and familiarize himself with the many UK accents in the dressing room.
The striker taught him a few Yorkshire phrases to help him pass, which Berge is grateful for.
He said: “To be honest it was the best lesson I have had but I haven’t learned anything since.
“Well I probably picked up a few pieces here and there, but it’s more Irish, Scottish and the Liverpool guys.
“It’s kind of a weird mix of everything.”
Even though the lingo is hard to understand, he clearly has a very good understanding with his teammates on the pitch.
You can listen to Sheffield United v Man City, live on talkSPORT at 12:30 p.m.