Danny Wilson is refusing to draw comparisons between his current crop of players and those he managed last term.
Ahead of Saturday's trip to the MK Dons, where United will be looking to extend their unbeaten start in League One to 17 matches, Wilson commented:
"Individually and collectively we have to maximise the ability of the players we have at our disposal.
"It is wrong to keep comparing this team with the one from last year, people need to understand, like it or hate it, there isn't anything we can do other than work with what we have.
"For example, Matty Lowton was fantastic going forward and applied himself in some excellent attacking positions, but we conceded goals because of that because gaps were left. Tony (McMahon) isn't as good going forward, but he is certainly a stronger defender.
"If you can't replace someone like for like you have to adapt, it is as simple as that. Matt (Hill) isn't an attacking full-back when he plays wide but he is a damn good defender, so you have to cultivate the squad to the best of your ability."
The Gaffer continued to expand on his point: "In an ideal world we would all like to win 3-0 or 4-0 every week, but you can't look a gift horse in the mouth.
"If we keep winning 1-0 then you won't hear me or anybody else complaining because I will be more than satisfied to be accumulating the points we need for promotion.
"We haven't made a conscious effort to change things too much, but you need to look at the players that have left the club.
"I need to keep reiterating that because we have different types of players now, the dynamic of the team has changed."