Back to back defeats presented Dundee United with a test of their metal strength in pursuit of Championship glory, and to their credit, they’ve shown that they are this year’s dominant force.

A 1-0 defeat to Alloa before a 4-0 hammering against Queen of the South threatened to halt any good work Robbie Neilson’s side had put in during the early stages of the campaign.

Neilson has United flying. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Five wins on the bounce though and United are clear at the top by nine points, with Ayr having a game in hand over them in second. They are 12 clear of Dundee.

Defensive performances have boosted them

Since that dull day in Dumfries, they’ve beaten Dunfermline, Partick Thistle, Inverness, Dundee and QOTS to nil. Lawrence Shankland has been grabbing headlines, but the defence deserves credit too.

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Home form has also played its part, with Tannadice turning into a fortress this campaign. They’ve won every league game at home this season with their recent 3-0 win against Queen of the South a sign of how they have learned from previous matches.

Dundee United are showing the mark of champions. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

What faces Neilson’s side now is the ability to keep this going. Players like Shankland are in fine form, whilst Paul McMullan, Nicky Clark, Mark Reynolds and Calum Butcher are all playing well too.

United were always going to be favourites for the league this year, but as previous years have shown, performing consistently in the Championship isn’t easy. This term, Neilson looks to have finally cracked the code.

They are playing like champions right now, and if they keep this up, Dundee United will be Championship kings.

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