As pleased as Danny Wilson has been, however, with the midfield duo, it is another blossoming partnership that the Blades manager has chosen to praise ahead of today’s lunchtime visit to Yeovil.
He said: “In Neill Collins and Harry Maguire, I believe we have the best central defensive partnership in League One.
“Young Harry has come in and been very impressive. He has found his form very quickly and has raised his standards every week. He is learning quickly, and he acquitted himself very well at Goodison.
“But he would be the first to acknowledge the part Neill is playing alongside him. Neill has the experience, and he is talking to and encouraging Harry all the time.
“I am particularly pleased for Neill that he is doing so well now because, by all accounts, he had a bit of a tough time of it after coming in from Leeds last season. But he is showing what a good defender he is, and he is helping Harry no end.”
United gave a good account of themselves in the Carling Cup before losing 3-1 to Everton.
Wilson added: “I thoroughly enjoyed our performance at Everton because we held our own and played some good stuff. There were a lot of positives for us to take out of the way we acquitted ourselves against a strong Premier League team.
“What pleased me as much as anything was the strength of the side David Moyes put out against us. It showed the respect he had for us, and was a big compliment.”