With his U21s team having no scheduled fixtures until 2013, Chris Morgan says he is delighted with the progress his youngsters have made in the first half of the season.
In several matches the Blades have faced teams who have opted to field the three permitted overage players and Morgan believes this has enhanced the development of his own players, with results remain competitive.
The prime example came at Birmingham City, where the Blades won 2-1, despite the hosts fielding experienced trio Darren Ambrose, Nikola Zigic and Papa Bouba Diop.
Looking back at the season to date, Morgan is more than satisfied with how things have panned out:
"At the start of the season, under this Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) format our first aim at U21s level was to progress players who are coming through the Academy.
"As a management team we feel a lot of these youngsters need to be pushing for a place in the first team. We want as many of these lads as possible to be in and around the first team squad on a regular basis.
"This is the best opportunity these lads are going to have to stake a claim for a place, given the limited numbers in the first squad at the present time."