Their efforts have so far been thwarted, with previous targets Matt Clarke and Dion Sanderson joining West Brom and Birmingham City respectively instead.
But United are redoubling their attempts to reinforce their squad ahead of the new Championship season, which starts against Sanderson’s City on August 7, with Jokanović ready to make contact with top-flight clubs in a bid to lure their top talent to Bramall Lane
With that in mind, we went down memory lane to reminisce about some of the best loan signings made by United in the last 20-or-so years. What do you think, and have we missed your favourite? Let us know on Twitter, @TheStarBlades.
1. Ollie Norwood
A slight cheat, this one, but he did sign on loan initially for United before making the move permanent in the January of United’s promotion season. Was a key man in United’s success that season, and also the following campaign when they finished ninth in the Premier League
Photo: George Wood
2. Ethan Ampadu
Struggled at times last season as the Blades were relegated from the Premier League, but grew from strength to strength as he got more games under his belt and was arguably the most composed of all the options United tried to replace Jack O’Connell
3. Greg Halford
Defender Halford played 49 goals for United in the 2008/09 season, scoring eight goals and sometimes being used as an emergency forward. He netted the goal that took United to the play-off final and played at Wembley, but couldn’t help United get into the Premier League
Photo: Phil Cole
4. Conor Coady
Joined United from Liverpool when they were in League One and must have wondered what he had signed up for when United won one of their first 13 games. But he grew as the season went on and helped the Blades reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley, admitting recently he “loved” his time at Bramall Lane
Photo: Richard Heathcote