It wasn’t that long ago that Dundee United manager Micky Mellon seemed to be under a bit of pressure. The team had gone eight games in a row in the league without a win.

However, in the last few weeks Mellon has got United back to winning ways. At the moment they are firmly in the battle for a top six finish in the Premiership.

The most recent Dundee United win shows that Mellon is doing a good job. Despite having only 10 men for an hour, United easily defeated in-form Livingston 3-0. Lawrence Shankland was the key man with two goals. Getting the best out of the forward will be key to Mellon having success at Tannadice.

First season back in Premiership

It should still be remembered though that it is not only Mellon’s first season as Dundee United manager, but also United’s first in the Premiership for a few years.

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Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland celebrates with Micky Mellon (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon and his players have done well to avoid the pitfalls of a relegation battle. That is surely all that any United fan could have asked for this season.

Revival faces a test this weekend

However, you have to imagine that Mellon will want United to push on in the battle for a top six spot. He will want his team to continue their current return to form.

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Dundee United face Rangers this weekend (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

United’s revival faces a test on Sunday, when they travel to Ibrox to take on unbeaten league leaders Rangers. The Tannadice club will be second favourites going into the game. However, if they can replicate the performances of the last few weeks then they will at least have a chance at Ibrox.

They are going into the game with plenty of confidence. That is due to how well Mellon has done in recent weeks. So far, his first season at Dundee United has to be judged as a success.

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