Chris Wilder says he has been impressed with how the players have reported back for pre-season training.
The Blades squad officially returned to Shirecliffe this week, as preparations for the Championship opener against Brentford got underway.
And Wilder says the graft put in during a record breaking campaign last term has created a smooth transition this time round.
He remarked: "We're in a better place now than we were 12 months ago and that's because of the work we put into the players over the course of last season.
"The players understand now about how we train and what the rules are. But nothing really changes around the structure, the balls will always be out early.
"I tell the players everyday there can be no shortcuts in pre-season, it's a team game packed with team situations, but during pre-season you almost have to be an individual to make sure you're right for when the when the action begins."
The Blades boss added: "It's tough there is no hiding from that fact, we push the players, we expect them to push themselves, but without being silly and getting injured.
"I want the players to enjoy working hard, there is no substitute for the hard yards, but it has to be interesting and enjoyable and we will make sure it will be.
"I'm just glad I'm not doing it!