SPL side Dundee United are managed by Mixu Paatelainen who replaced the sacked Jackie McNamara's on 14 October 2015. signing a contract until June 2018. The former player, who made 133 appearances for the club, has beaten the likes of John Hughes and Tommy Wright to the post, returning to Scotland for the first time since leaving Kilmarnock in 2011.
Dundee United have been one of the most competitive and vastly improved teams in the SPL, having finished in the top-5 in six of the last seven campaigns. The Terrors won the 2010 Scottish Cup after thumping Ross County 3-0 in the Final at Hampden Park. In 2008 they lost the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final to Rangers in agonizing fashion on penalties.
A mixed set of recent results has seen Dundee United collect wins versus St Mirren, Dunfermline Athletic, Ayr United and St Mirren while suffering adverse results at Queen of the South, Raith Rovers and Hibernian. Draws against Ayr United, Falkirk and Greenock Morton has seen them show mid-table form at best.