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United began their third stint in the Scottish Championship with another overhaul of the playing squad. Arabs would soon have the likes of Clark, Safranko, Bouhenna and Pawlett on the backs of their replica shirts. The previous season’s top scorer Scott McDonald, along with Mark Durnan, Scott Fraser and Willo Flood would join a host of players out the Tannadice doors as Manager Csaba László looked to improve his squad for the season ahead.
United faced an early exit from the League Cup this season as they fell at the group stages. Three defeats against Arbroath (penalties), Ross County and Alloa Athletic (penalties) meant that a comprehensive 4-0 win against Elgin City in the final game was too little, too late for United.
In the Challenge Cup United beat a St Johnstone Under 21’s side 3-2, only to lose out to Alloa Athletic in the 2nd round on penalties.
United’s League campaign started off with just three wins from the opening seven matches. A 5-1 home defeat to Ross County at the end of September would prove to be too much as Manager Csaba László was relieved of his duties.
Once again, Assistant Manager Laurie Ellis would take charge as Interim Manager. His tenure would be for just one game on this occasion, a 2-0 away defeat to League leaders Ayr United.
Robbie Neilson was unveiled as United’s 41st Manager on the 8th October. Neilson played for United in the 2011-12 season and had previously managed Hearts and Milton Keynes Dons.
Neilson’s appointment coincided with an upturn in United’s fortunes which saw just 1 defeat in their next 9 matches (up to December 19th).
Off the field saw one of the biggest changes in United’s history as American businessman Mark Ogren purchased a controlling stake in the Club and would become the new Chairman, replacing the outgoing Mike Martin. Accompanying this new departure is the appointment of Mal Brannigan (right) as the Club's Managing Director and Tony Asghar as Sporting Director (left). An exciting chapter now lies ahead for the Club as United look to banish the heartache of the last few seasons and build for the future in their pursuit of Premiership football.