Neilson plans talks with US owner over United transfer funds
Robbie Neilson revealed he’s set for transfer talks with new owner Mark Ogren after his side won in front of him.
US- based businessman Ogren took in his first match since taking control at Tannadice before Christmas.
And he watched sub Nicky Clark’s 81st-minute headed winner move them to within three points of top spot.
While leaders Ross County and Ayr both lost, United seized their opportunity in their quest for promotion. And
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Neilson insisted he’ll be sitting down with Ogren in a bid to get him to bring in more new faces before the window closes at the end of January.
The United gaffer said: “It was a big day for us with Ross County and Ayr both losing.
“It wasn’t a great display but if you want to win a title sometimes you just have to grind it out which we did.
“It’s really satisfying to get the win especially with the new owner being here and he can see what we still need.
“We’re going to have a conversation about targets and what we’re trying to do with the club during this transfer window.”
The Pars, with new head coach Stevie Crawford in the dugout, started strongly.
Aidan Kenna saw his shot saved by United’s Swiss keeper Benjamin Siegrist.
Myles Hippoly te then pounced on a mistake by home captain Fraser Fyvie and his cross was fired inches wide by James Vincent.
Aidan Nesbitt was thrown on by Neilson at the start of the second half but it was Pavol Safranko who tested visiting keeper Lee Robinson with a low effort.
However, Clark struck the winner, latching on to Nesbitt’s clipped cross to glance a header home.
Gutted Pars boss Crawford said: “I was really proud of the way the boys played only to get hit with such a sucker punch at the end with Nicky’s header.”