Chris Wilder has spoken of the mutual respect between himself and his Wigan counterpart ahead of Saturday's Championship encounter.
And Wilder is determined to get a positive result against the Latics, to ensure his opposite number doesn't outstay his welcome post-match.
The Blades boss remarked: "Look at their position in the table, themselves and Blackburn have started well and aren't long out of the Premier League.
"They've had a couple of unfortunate years but they've got the right man in charge now, I've got an enormous amount of respect for Paul (Cook), he's worked in this region, he's a proper football guy and they play in the right way.
"I remember watching his Chesterfield side come to Bramall Lane a few years ago and play United off the park, they played Preston in the play-offs that season and were really unfortunate."
Wilder added: "Paul did outstandingly well at both Chesterfield and Accrington and more recently at Portsmouth we enjoyed a few good battles.
"I'm desperate to get a result because if I don't he'll not leave my office until about 10pm after the game. He says it how it is, and I enjoy his company."