Robbie Neilson has already started work on Dundee United defence

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson has already identified areas in need of improvement, however he believes his squad are more than capable of adapting to the changes he wants to make.

The squad at Tannadice underwent a big transformation over the summer under Csaba László and new boss Neilson says he has a wealth of talent to choose from.

“One of the reasons I came here is because I think it’s a very good squad and it has been reiterated as well in training from what I’ve seen,” he said.

“So, I am really pleased with the squad, yes it has been a difficult start to the season, but we are not too far off it.

“And also, when you come in in the summer you have to get the team prepared but you also have to do the recruitment.

“So yes, the recruitment has been taken care of already so now it’s what we’ve got, and I’m really pleased with what we’ve got because we’ve got a very good squad here with some good players.

“That means we can just focus on here and now.”

Defensive frailties had punished the Tangerines under Csaba László and Neilson, a former defender himself, is wasting no time in addressing that aspect of how the team sets up.

“It is something that I’ve spoken about already, about having a secure base under the attack,” He said.

“Because I think we have got some really good attacking players here but at times we can be very open.

“So, we have to make sure we are more secure because being a perceived bigger team in the league you generally have more possession but, from what I’ve seen, a lot of the teams are quite happy for you to have possession then they wait for you to make a mistake and you are very open.

“The defensive side can be easier to remedy than the attacking side, but we have already got the attacking side there.

“So, for me the main focus will be, and has been, making sure we are nice and secure when we are in possession.

“We will see on Saturday what happens, but we are preparing ourselves as well as we can as I’m sure Partick are as well.

Dundee United’s trip to Firhill to face Partick Thistle is the only Scottish Championship match this weekend and presents an opportunity for United to close the gap on league leaders Ayr United.

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