Chris Wilder felt Friday's friendly against Preston North End was a 'really competitive' encounter.
Jayden Stockley's last-gasp goal denied the Blades another pre-season win, but Wilder says there were some positives to take from the clash against the Lilywhites, who the Blades boss expects 'to go well' in England's second tier next term.
But Wilder was also typically honest when questioned after the game and acknowledged a draw was probably a fair result, saying he was 'disappointed' his players didn't manage the game better in the final 20 minutes.
The United chief believes his men have got the 'maximum' out of a vastly shortened 'reactive' pre-season. A combination of self-isolation, international call-ups and injuries has stretched the Blades squad throughout but Wilder is content with where his side are at this stage.
The Blades now have over a week until kicking off the Premier League season against Wolves at Bramall Lane and the manager is looking forward to spending plenty of time on the training pitch in the coming days as well as well as working hard to strengthen his squad.