David Weir has described United's early season performances as a 'work in progress'.
The Blades boss is encouraged by his squad's development since the day he took charge back in June, but insists the hard work is far from over.
He commented: "We continue to identify and analyse the division in general. It remains an ongoing process and it is life that you are always learning and striving to improve.
"It is still very much a work in progress but we are certainly progressing and are a lot further on now than a couple of months ago, which shows we are moving in the right direction.
"We are learning and improving quickly, both individually and collectively, and I am encouraged and positive with the steps we are taking."
Weir is keen to have a competent squad at his disposal and insists he won't rely too heavily on any individuals, preferring to adopted a mentality that keeps all the players poised to play at any given time.
The manager added: "I want to be fluid in terms of how the squad operates; I can't just rely on XI players because that doesn't give you any room to manoeuvre when you inevitably pick up injuries and suspensions.
"I trust the group and we will be able to rely on the squad to perform consistently when called upon to do a job."