Chris Wilder says the Blades must bounce back to form quickly if they're to overcome Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Berkshire, Wilder remarked: "Reading are another team fighting for their lives and they got a decent result against Derby County on Saturday.
"It's the way of the Championship, last season they were a penalty kick away from the Premier League, but it's been a hit and miss season for them this time.
"They have offensive players that could hurt you though if they click and they are capable of winning games of football."
The Blades boss added: "But the positive for me is we've overcome talented groups of players previously and beaten them by being together and putting in team performances.
"Reading have been inconsistent, they've had some excellent results and some disappointing ones too, they've found it tough having come so close last season."