Kevin McDonald, who has been deployed in a more attacking role since David Weir's arrival at Bramall Lane, is 'loving every minute' of pre-season.
Speaking after Febian Brandy's goal settled Saturday's clash at Mansfield Town, United's fourth pre-season success of the summer, McDonald was full of praise for the new boss and his backroom staff:
"It's been a breath of fresh air, to be honest," the midfielder said.
"I've been playing as a 'number 10' lately and I'm loving every minute of it.
"I've not been asked to do that since I was a kid coming through at Dundee. And it was back then that I scored a lot of goals so hopefully I can do that again.
"If the manager wants to carry on doing that when the real stuff starts then brilliant. Obviously you can contribute more in an attacking sense up there.
"But if not, and he wants to go with something else, then that's OK too. I'll get my head down and battle hard for a place."