Jamie Murphy says the pain of Monday's play-off exit at the hands of Swindon Town at the County Ground 'still hurts' just as much as it did on the night, nearly 48 hours on.
The Blades forward has revealed the devastation in the dressing room following the bizarre 5-5 draw in Wiltshire that saw United lose 7-6 on aggregate, but trying to remain positive, Murphy says failure to win promotion this term will spur the players and management on to be successful this time next year.
Reflecting on the agony, United's number nine remarked: "Not progressing to the final and having the chance to win promotion at Wembley still hurts now and I am sure the supporters who have backed us all season are all feeling the same.
"Going 3-0 behind on Monday gave us a mountain to climb, which we nearly did, but ultimately the decisions and that bit of luck in the first-leg that went against us proved to be decisive.
"We weren't at our best on Monday, but neither were Swindon, it was a total one-off in terms of the scoreline, but in the end, despite our best efforts, we just gave ourselves too much to do and the devastation at the end isn't something we want to experience again."
The Scotsman, who enjoyed another productive season, added: "We are progressing as a team, the Gaffer has improved the squad and we have enjoyed another remarkable cup run in the Capital One Cup.
"But next season we can't be reflecting on what might have been, the sole aim has to be promotion and 12 months on we want to be celebrating not experiencing the heartache of losing in the play-offs."