Robbie Neilson made plenty of changes to his side and paid the price for it, drawing 0-0 before defeat on penalties to Arbroath.
Dundee on the other hand suffered a 2-1 defeat to Elgin City, not the ideal way to bounce back from a 6-2 derby demoltion.
Dundee will be reeling, United won’t be as bothered about Challenge Cup
With one eye on the league, Neilson made seven changes to the side that beat the Dee in league action. Whilst it didn’t work out, Neilson may be slightly relieved.
His team selection clearly showed he doesn’t care much for the competition. Now that they’re out, United will focus on their main aim, the Championship title.
James McPake on the other hand did not need another bad defeat. After being on the wrong side of the 6-2 derby scoreline, defeat to League Two Elgin at home is hardly ideal.
Not only that, but they only made four changes. It was a very strong team, with the likes of Cammy Kerr, Kane Hemmings, Shauny Byrne and Paul McGowan all featuring.
The reaction from fans tells a story too. On Dundee’s Twitter after the full-time whistle, some were left fuming following the Elgin defeat. Contrast that to United’s, where some fans couldn’t seem to care less.
It’s a disappointing exit for both sides no doubt, they have been eliminated by part-time teams after all. However, it looks as if one team will be suffering from it more than the other.