In-form Fraser Aird indicative of the quality of Dundee United’s teamwork for Robbie Neilson

Dundee United attacker Fraser Aird has contributed to eight of the 12 goals scored since head coach Robbie Neilson’s appointment. The United gaffer has described Aird as “exceptional” and sees his form as proof of the positive way his team work together. 

Aird has been in sparkling form with a raft of assists and goals in recent games and has proven particularly deadly from set-pieces. While impressed by Aird’s individual form, Neilson sees the quality spread throughout his front four.

“I think there is a few of them like that as well,” he said.

“We have that three behind (Pavol) Safranko that have been playing the majority of the games, (Paul) McMullan, Aird, (Billy) King.

“All have got good pace, we try to get them to play between the lines and they are picking it up well.

“Fraser is, in open play, doing well for us but his delivery from set-play has been exceptional and he just needs to continue doing that because that is a big asset for us.

“We have some powerful players in the air so if we can deliver good balls like he has been doing, and like I expect them to continue to do, then I am definitely sure he will get more assists throughout the season.”

United are unbeaten under Neilson with five wins from six games. Indeed, the Tangerines are the form side in the Scottish Championship. The United boss puts that down to the teamwork of his players.

“It is the team working together,” he said.

“For me the defence has to make sure that they don’t lose any goals.

“If we can get through the season, and we’ve lost four goals in six games, if we continue that form then it gives us a really good chance of getting promoted out of this league.

“What it also does is when you don’t lose goals it gives the strikers the confidence to go and take opportunities without the fear of if they miss then it is going to be the only chance they are going to get or the team is going to lose a goal so if I don’t score here we are going to get beat.

“So, it all works together, you know, we defend together, we attack together, we are all part of it together.

“So, if we keep goals out it is because the strikers will impress and the wide players working to position.

“If we score goals it is because the defence have setup so when the ball comes out it goes back in again so everyone works together and if we can do that then we become a team and we win football matches.”

Meanwhile, Dundee United have no injury worries ahead of Friday’s visit of league leaders Ayr United where a 4-0 win would be enough to put United top of the table on goal difference.

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