On the eve of the 125th season of The Football League, David Weir says he has never considered taking the captaincy from Michael Doyle.
United's new boss, who revealed at Thursday's press conference that he knows in his own mind his starting XI for Friday's seasonal opener against Notts County, says Doyle has been a model professional throughout pre-season.
Weir also pointed to Doyle's experience as being vital, given the youthful nature of the Blades squad this term.
He commented: "Michael (Doyle) just carried on as normal when the lads returned to pre-season and I didn't feel the need to speak to him.
"I have spoken to people who have been here longer than me and my assessment of the situation was I didn't need to change the captain.
"If I hadn't known anything about the club or who was captain when I arrived, then based on his training and performances in the friendlies I would have picked Michael (Doyle) as my captain anyway."