Blades boss Nigel Adkins was delighted to see Paul Coutts make his return to first-team action in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers.
The former Derby County midfielder, who had been missing with a knee problem since the end of last season, started on the right of a midfield four and claimed an assist as United deservedly took the derby honours at Bramall Lane.
And Adkins was more than happy to be able to call on Coutts's services, remarking:
"Paul is a good player, we knew that when we arrived and he was excellent for the U21s at Cardiff where he got 90 minutes under his belt last Monday.
"It was a good opportunity to get him in the team, he gets in good areas and can influence a game, it was a great cross for our second goal too.
"Getting these players back to fitness is like making new signings, Matt Done is getting closer and we are always striving to improve what we have on the training ground, whilst scouring the loan market for players that would improve what we already have available."
The only negative of the weekend, was the injury that forced Craig Alcock, who was also making his first league start, off at half-time.
Adkins added: "Craig took a heavy whack in the challenge that led to Mackenzie's red card, he is battered and bruised round the hip and ribs and it is unfortunate for him because is another who has had to wait for an opportunity having missed a lot of pre-season."