What has caused Utd to crum­ble?

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By TOM DUTHIE

NOT since the Derby Street mul­tis at the ‘Tap O’ the Hill’ came down five years ago has there been a col­lapse like this in the DD3 post­code.

Blow­ing up But­ter­burn and Buck­le­maker courts caused more noise, but Dundee United’s im­plo­sion in the past month has been just as spec­tac­u­lar.

On De­cem­ber 29, Cs­aba Las­zlo’s team headed for St Mir­ren know­ing vic­tory would see them fin­ish­ing the year in first place.

Just four-and-a-bit weeks on they trail the Bud­dies by 11 points and seem des­tined to spend the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son cast adrift in the dol­drums of the play-off places.

One of the most dis­as­trous runs that could be imag­ined has seen the Tan­ger­ines suf­fer three mas­sive league de­feats — to the Bud­dies, then Falkirk and now Mor­ton.

They did scrape a goal­less draw at Dun­fermline, but their only vic­to­ries in this pe­riod have been against part-time op­po­si­tion in the shape of win­less Brechin in the league and Al­loa in the Scot­tish Cup.

At St Mir­ren, United looked the bet­ter team for a long spell and, had a first-half penalty from Paul McMul­lan been con­verted, may well have gone on and won. It wasn’t and, as well as slump­ing to a two-goal de­feat, mid­fielder Scott Fraser was lost to long-term in­jury.

There fol­lowed a brief re­cov­ery with the win over Brechin but, just days later, it all went hor­ri­bly wrong with a 6-1 drub­bing against a Falkirk side strug­gling to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

And, if the los­ing mar­gin against Mor­ton last Satur­day wasn’t as se­vere, there’s no ques­tion the 3-0 de­feat was ev­ery bit as dif­fi­cult for United fans to take.

With their team man­ag­ing just one shot on tar­get and be­ing com­pletely out­played by a Ton side man­aged by old Dundee foe Jim Duffy, most were long gone by the fi­nal whis­tle.

Some of the few that stayed be­rated the play­ers as they trudged de­ject­edly off the pitch. It wasn’t nice to see but, af­ter a dis­play like that, the pun­ters

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