Chris Wilder expects an open and entertaining against Preston, a team he believes share many similarities with his own side.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Wilder remarked: "Preston are very similar to us and having read what Alex has said recently, they are probably thinking the same as we are and have been for much of the season.
"They've got a lot of good personalities within their group, they've got some talented boys too and their recruitment has been outstanding.
"They had a head start on us this season because of their previous experience, learning from being in this division is key."
The United boss added: "They're not one of the big spenders and like us they have to look to sign players from different areas.
"I can't imagine for a minute that either team will be going out to do anything other than attack on Saturday and that sets things up for a good game."