Chris Wilder believes Saturday's clash at Middlesbrough will be a good yardstick for his side.
Speaking prior to departing for the North-East, the Blades boss remarked: "If we go there and win we aren't going to be favourites to win the league and if we lose we aren't about to go down.
"But it is a great opportunity, a free hit and the tables are turned really.
"Middlesbrough didn't have the pressure on them last season and we did, we were always the favourites."
Wilder added: "We're in the Championship for games like this, live on Sky and we're going to a fantastic club who are rightly the favourites to win the division.
"But we will give it a go, we have players who want to succeed and do well. People outside our changing room with be thinking a home win, but football doesn't always work like that.
"Everyone talks about the Championship and Saturday will be a real test."