Dundee United manager Thomas Courts thinks his side were “well worthy” of their Dundee derby win yesterday after Ian Harkes scored the only goal of the game at Tannadice – with the Arabs boss picking the introduction of Manchester United loanee Dylan Levitt as changing the game in his side’s favour.

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Levitt was a half-time replacement for Callum Butcher and the Old Trafford youngster help United grab the game by the scruff of the neck and start “dictating the game” for Courts’ side.

Harkes’ goal means United extend their long unbeaten run at home against their rivals and Courts felt “pretty secure” as the game went on that his players would take the three points.

“I felt pretty secure at that point in the game because I could see us taking control of the ball, Dylan Levitt was dictating the game essentially,” Courts said [STV].

“I could see that Dundee were starting to tire and drop a bit deeper.

“And they did have a couple of decent chances that we did well to block and put bodies on the line. I thought we were really well worthy of the victory.”

The Manchester United youngster has made a decent start to life at Tannadice but will be hoping his derby performance can help him cement a place in the Arabs’ starting XI.

The Dundee derby win leaves United fifth in the Premiership table, three points behind leaders Rangers, and seven ahead of their city rivals who know find themselves bottom of the league after six games.

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