Injuries to key men have derailed the Tangerines
couldn’t be blamed. Their suffering can have only been made more acute by the fact prior to the St Mirren loss their team was flying. The football being played in the first couple of months of Laszlo’s reign had been, at times, spectacular.
Possession was being dominated and chances were being created. There was a feeling, if this form was maintained, United could steamroller the division.
Instead, just like those multis, they’ve come crashing down and now from the rubble of the past month we’ve been left trying to work out exactly why.
It’s hard to say exactly but it’s impossible to look at the situation without thinking the loss of Fraser and deep-lying midfielder Fraser Fyvie through serious injury has hit harder than expected.
That’s not just a problem from within — others l ook at United without that pair and see the chances of beating them greatly improved.
After Saturday’s loss, another old foe in the Morton ranks, ex-Dee Gary Harkins, was asked what the difference between that game and a comfortable United success at Cappielow in early December was.
Without hesitation he named the absence of Fraser and Fyvie.
Both have top-half-of-thePremiership quality and “GGH” reckons you can’t take that ability out of a Championship team and have a problem.
Judging by this awful January, the big man might just be right.
Morton’s win at Tannadice capped a miserable January for United.