Chris Wilder's Blades side are thriving in the upper reaches of the Championship after securing 11 wins from 21 matches so far this term. Here are James' player ratings for the season so far:
Looks destined for a successful career at the highest level of the game and, one glaring mistake against Leeds apart, has been an excellent addition. Barring injury, illness or suspension, his next outing might come in the FA Cup but his presence means United have one of the strongest goalkeeping departments in the Championship. One of Bramall Lane's stand-out performers so far this term and attacks with such regularity, you could be forgiven for forgetting he is a centre-half. Does not get forward as much as last season but still covers a ridiculous amount of ground and brings real physicality. Even though he cost 4m the Republic of Ireland international looks a real steal now he has adapted to United's three man defence. Has fallen behind Egan in the pecking order but is so dependable, United would not flinch if he had to start. Has not enjoyed many opportunities since arriving on a short term deal but looked solid enough on his first start and brings real experience. Still attacks at will but is arguably the most improved player at the club after improving the defensive side of his game. Has just returned to the starting eleven after a spell out of the team but you suspect his mark will improve over the course of the campaign. Made a superb start to the season and won his first Wales cap but lost his place to Baldock after an alarming dip in performance levels. Like Cranie, has suffered from a shortage of chances but is an excellent club man and is also capable of operating in midfield. The 2m United will pay when his loan from Brighton and Hove Albion becomes permanent next months already looks an absolute steal. Has not caught the eye quite like Norwood and should score more goals but remains a high-calibre and consistent performer in midfield. Has struggled to adapt to either life away from Liverpool or Championship football since arriving on loan and surely destined to return next month. The vast majority of his appearances have come from the bench but, a slip at Rotherham apart, has contributed enough to warrant a place in the matchday squad. Rarely gets the credit his selfless approach deserves and provides United with a more physical option in midfield if required. Now recovered from a long-term injury, the Scot remains a class act and will push Norwood and Fleck hard during the second-half of the season. After arriving on a free transfer two-and-a-half seasons ago, is arguably one of Bramall Lane's most influential and astute signings in recent years. Still the best finisher at the football club and now, after adding other qualities to his game, a much better all-round player too. If some supporters were underwhelmed when he first arrived on trial, they certainly aren't now thanks to his technique, work-rate and intelligence. Last season's leading goalscorer and still a valuable asset but can make his presence felt from the bench more. After a slow start, is now challenging Sharp and McGoldrick for a place in the team and provides a more direct option for the coaching staff.