It's been 12 years since Sheffield United last graced the Premier League and the division has changed almost beyond all recognition since they were cruelly relegated, on the final day in 2007.
The teams at the top are stronger than ever but also the clubs that have established themselves in the top-flight, too, will be a serious proposition.
Add to that a clutch of clubs battling for their lives in the league, and it adds up to a real challenge for the Blades.
Norwood (x2, P).
Sharp x3, Robinson, Freeman.
Osborn, Robinson (x2), Freeman.
United are inherently stronger than they were at the end of last season, retaining the core of the group with some additions in key areas. They signed their top targets in goal and upfront, added some Premier League experience in Phil Jagielka and also signed two of the Championship’s most exciting players in Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson. Ben Osborn looks a good signing so far and Ravel Morrison will give that bit of x-factor if he gets his head right.
The saga ended when he rejoined on loan last week. Was excellent last season in the Championship.
Wilder’s top striking target. Scored 24 goals last season for Swansea.
What a player this lad can be if he knuckles down. Seems to be enjoying it so far.
I've predicted United will finish 14th in the table this season, and I think United fans would snatch your hand off if you offered them that in their first season back.
I like Wilder's summer recruitment, making the most of his budget, and signing mostly young, hungry players who have a point to prove.
Ravel Morrison is supremely talented and if he keeps his head right, United could have signed a multi-million-pound player for absolutely nothing.