The votes are in and players have been rated on the first performance of the season.

With an overall average squad rating of 7.37 out of 10 many were obviously pleased with the showing which resulted in David Weir’s first competitive win as Blades manager.

Despite being head to head for the majority of the ratings period, Kevin McDonald just shaded new signing Febian Brandy in securing the first Man of the Match award of the season.

Enjoying his new role and additional freedom in Weir’s system, the scottish midfielder capped an influential display with the opening goal of the game – side footing Darryl Westlake’s cross beyond Bartosz Białkowski in the County goal.

Offering a different dimension to our play and frustrating the opposition with his pace and trickery, Brandy has made a good impression on the fans which is reflected in his average rating of 8.68 out of 10 just 0.4 behind McDonald who took the man of the match with a rating of 8.72 out of 10.

Happy with the style of play and the way in which United went about the game, the highest average rating was reserved for David Weir, who scored 8.91 out of 10 – A glowing reference to his debut competitive fixture at Bramall Lane.

To view the match stats and all of the ratings relating to the win over Notts County, visit the Player Ratings System.

[fulltitle]How are these scores arrived at?[/fulltitle]

After every league game this season, supporters will be invited to leave their feedback on every player who participated in the fixture, giving each a mark out of 10 in our Player Ratings System. Those votes are logged and an average calculated from all of the ratings submitted at that point.

At a pre-determined point after the fixture (in this case 3 days), voting is closed, the averages locked and the player with the highest average rating is named Man of the Match.

The manager is also rated, but excluded from being named Man of the Match for obvious reasons.

[fulltitle]How do I get involved?[/fulltitle]

The idea is, we’d like as many Blades supporters as possible to register their ratings – the more people that vote, the more accurate to the average thoughts in the stands the ratings become.

In order to be able to vote, you need to be registered on our Forum, which costs you absolutely nothing and also enables you to discuss all things Blades with fellow fans from around the world.

Once logged in, the system will allow you to register your vote by clicking on the stars shown next to the player on a particular fixture – Please remember, it’s only possible to leave a rating during the open period after a game.

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