Karl Robinson, the MK Dons manager, backed Sheffield United to emerge as a force to be reckoned with in League One following last weekend’s match at Bramall Lane.
The visitors secured a 1-0 victory courtesy of Antony Kay’s second-half goal, moments after United had spurned several gilt-edged opportunities to take the lead.
But despite his jubilation at the result - “Let’s not get carried away, a draw would have been a fairer result but I’m delighted it wasn’t” - Robinson said: “Make no mistake, with the things David (Weir) is putting in place here, Sheffield United are going to be up towards the top of the table come the end of the season.
“You can see what’s going on, the framework he’s building with young players and, either this season or next, those will really come to fruition.
“He’s a real footballing man and he knows the game inside out. Just like Lee (Carsley) is assistant does too.
“If they do something then they are doing it for a reason. I’ve got the utmost respect and admiration for both.”
“David is bringing in a lot of young players. Very talented young players and when they find their feet and settle in people will be glad he has.
“I can see what’s going on and it’s the right thing. There are a lot of similarities between our two clubs in that regard.
“We are both trying to do things the right way, if you like.”
Robinson, who revealed he tried at sign Jose Baxter before the former Oldham Athletic and Everton midfielder joined Weir’s side on Thursday, said: “The fact we’ve got that win here, with a team that was put together for absolutely nothing, against a club like Sheffield United makes me very, very proud.
“There is a long way to go yet but we are on the right path.”
United return to action at Glanford Park tomorrow when they face Scunthorpe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.