United's women's team got back to winning ways with a convincing performance at home to Crystal Palace but had to wait until 20 minutes from the time for the much-needed breakthrough.
It was Jade Pennock, playing in a more advanced role, who scored the crucial opener before turning provider for Ebony Salmon to score her third Blades goal just minutes later.
United largely dominated throughout and were on top from the off. Manager Carla Ward handed debuts to on-loan duo Fran Bentley and new signing Naomi Hartley, both making a big impact on their first appearances in red and white.
Pennock was one of United's livelier players right from kick-off and she had the first chance after just three minutes when a shot was blocked inside the box before her pull back for Salmon saw the striker's effort also blocked in front of goal.
Salmon sparkled into life soon after when an effort from outside the box smacked the crossbar and it looked like United could have had the lead when Alethea Paul's corner looked close to crossing the line as it caught the strong wind blowing at Legacy Park.
Salmon was then thwarted when in on goal but despite their dominance Palace had a big chance to in front but Bentley got a big right hand to a shot from point-blank range just before the break.
It took a little while for the chances to come in the second half but with 20 minutes to go United found the opener.
Salmon's diagonal run across the field opened up room for Pennock and she promptly fired her effort into the far corner to spark relief for United's players.
As soon as it was one, it was two. Pennock this time turned provider after keeping the ball in on the right wing, Pennock pulled the ball back for Salmon who slotted home first time in front of goal.
Pennock almost scored a replica of her first strike soon after and Bex Rayner headed over as United looked for a third but in the end it was a comfortable victory and a crucial three points on home soil.
Blades: Bentley, S. Barker, Tierney, Pennock, Gilliatt, Rayner (Ford 90), Paul (Sarri 70), H. Barker, Cusack, N. Hartley, Salmon.
Unused: Davies, Dixon, Marsden.