Danny Wilson has echoed the sentiments of Neill Collins by predicting a tough afternoon at the office at Preston on Saturday.
North End, under boss Graham Westley, recruited heavily during the close season and with that in mind, United's chief expects the Deepdale outfit to be there or thereabouts come the final reckoning in League One this term.
Wilson said: "On paper Preston are aiming to be right up there come the end of the season, certainly there is an expectation of promotion from their board and supporters.
"They have had a big turnover of players throughout the summer and going to Preston is never easy, but as always we are confident of getting a result.
"I am sure there will be a good crowd and, without doubt, we will take an excellent following, as always our fans will give us great backing in what promises to be a cracking game.
"It will be a tough test for sure, but I am guessing the emphasis will be on Preston to take the game to us.
"That will certainly be the expectation from their manager and fans - at home they will want to put teams to the sword so we will ready ourselves for that challenge.
"Away matches are never easy at any level and in this division every team sees Sheffield United as a bit of scalp, but we remain keen to maintain our momentum."