Michael Doyle says the Blades owe it to the fans to find a winning formula in League One.
The skipper has spoken honestly and openly about his feelings after just one win from seven league fixtures to date.
On United's passionate support, Doyle remarked: "Personally I think it is patronising to walk over to the fans after a disappointing defeat and clap them, because they know results haven't been good enough and they are frustrated.
"Obviously we appreciate their continued support but we want to be able to go across and celebrate with our fans, hopefully we will all be punching the air with delight on Saturday.
"There isn't a better club to play for when winning than Sheffield United, just look at the support we have enjoyed in recent seasons, both at home and away.
"The supporters work hard all week to be able to come and support the Blades, it is in their blood and we give everything to bring success for the die-hards."
Looking ahead to the clash with Preston North End, Doyle added: "Marlon (King) coming in this week has given the squad a real boost and I am sure he will be an asset to us for the rest of the season.
"Preston are doing well this season. They are a strong, physical outfit and it promises to be another tough game for us.
"They will come to Bramall Lane full of confidence and perhaps they see us as a wounded animal at the moment.
"They might think we are there for the taking, but we will take the game to them and try and get a much needed win."