Man of the Match Result

Thursday 8 March 2018 11:00

Aleksandar Mitrović has won the Sheffield United Man of the Match award by an overwhelming majority.

Almost three-quarters (73.7 per cent) of the votes that came in were for the striker following his two goal salvo and overall workmanlike display.

Each of Mitrović’s first half strikes demonstrated his determination, as the first saw him get in front of his man to stab in Ryan Fredericks’ cross, and the second he outmuscled and outpaced another United defender to guide home a lovely clipped Stefan Johansen pass.

The effort for 2-0 in particular was a thing of beauty. He had no right to score in that scenario, and the flat-footedness of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman suggests he was not expecting the Serbian to take the shot on.

He could have secured the matchball before the half-time whistle went, but was unfortunate to see his rising effort from Ryan Sessegnon’s cutback fly just over after he’d opened his body up.

Mitrović offered far more than just his goals, though, bullying the Blades backline and holding the ball up to brilliant effect. He won possession eight times, played four key balls and had a pass accuracy of 84 per cent.

Tom Cairney enjoyed another fine game in the middle of the park but was some way off in the votes with 11 per cent, ahead of third placed Tim Ream who claimed 5 per cent.

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