On the face of it, Dundee United are having a decent season. They sit in second place in the Championship table, and reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Robbie Neilson is doing a far better job than his predecessor Csaba Laszlo, and they look certain to qualify for the promotion/relegation play-offs.

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However, unless they overcome a mental hurdle, their hopes of promotion will be dashed for another season. When it comes to the crunch, United have failed when it matters this season.

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Case in point, the Scottish Cup tie against Inverness. United were at home, against a team they are 10 points ahead of in the league table. That should have been the platform to go on and reach the semi-final. That wasn’t the case though, as Inverness deservedly won 2-1.

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United have also failed when it counts against promotion rivals Ross County and Ayr United. They have taken only three points out of a possible 15 against those sides so far this season.

Now United face another test on Saturday when they take on relegation haunted Partick Thistle.

This will be a huge test for Neilson’s side, as they will be facing a team who need the points as much as they do. With a potential title decider against Ross County on the horizon on the 19th of March, the match against Thistle will be a good test of United’s credentials. If they want to win the league, they really need to beat the Jags.

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