'Very disappointed', was boss Chris Wilder's verdict on Saturday's narrow 1-0 loss against Bolton Wanderers in EFL League One.
Speaking after the opening day defeat at the Macron Stadium, Wilder remarked: "We're very disappointed with the result, but there are some encouraging signs about the way we played, particular the first 25 minutes or so.
"We dictated the game and should have been a couple of goals up. The way Bolton set themselves up showed what they thought of us.
"But it is no good getting in good positions if we don't show our quality, we got anxious and I don't want that, our set-piece delivery was another negative, but I'm confident a number of players will impact games more in the future.
"The most important is the result though, it doesn't matter how encouraged we are with the performance or what other people think, we have got beaten and that always hurts."
The Blades boss added: "We got after the ball and put them under pressure, but Jay (Spearing) showed his quality with the goal he scored, which ultimately proved to be the difference.
"They want to play a certain way, we want to be different, but they go home the happier club, the happier fans and Phil (Parkinson) will be delighted to have won the game.
"I'm disappointed, but on reflection I'm sure I will find a number of positives, for 65% of the game we have dictated play and if we score first it is a very different outcome."