Nigel Clough intends to go into battle with two strikers, as much as possible.
Speaking to the media this week ahead of Saturday's visit to Shrewsbury Town, the new Blades chief also revealed that his favoured formation is an orthodox system.
"4-4-2 gives us a real solidity; we have two banks of four who contribute defensively and offensive.
"We will back ourselves playing 4-4-2, you have to. On the odd occasion we might have to add an extra man to the midfield but I certainly want two upfront whenever possible."
Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Clough added: "Everyone has trained well ahead of Shrewsbury, which means we have options and decisions to make ahead of the weekend. That said, we won't make wholesale changes unless results deteriorate.
"We have watched several DVDs of Shrewsbury and we are continuing to study every team in League One.
"We will pay the opposition the necessary respect but we have to concentrate on ourselves."