Mark Wilson is sweating on his place in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final starting XI.
But, either way, he’s backing defensive rival Keith Watson to bounce back from his slip at Celtic Park last weekend.
It’s nip and tuck which one of the pair will be given the nod at right-back for the game with St Johnstone at Parkhead.
However, 29-year-old Wilson, who has started three of United’s four Scottish cup-ties this campaign, does not think Watson’s recent mistake will count when manager Jackie McNamara decides on his back four.
“It was a mistake from Keith but, at the end of the day, that can happen to anyone,” said the former Bristol City and Hoops man.
“I don’t think that will be in the manager’s head.
“The game was slipping away by that point, so it didn’t cost us.
“Keith was fantastic at centre-back, playing out of position. He deserves a lot of credit for his performance.
“In fact, all season he’s been top class.
“Keith has been in the team most of the games this season and done well, so I don’t think one mistake will be in his thoughts.”
Wilson thinks it’s a positive sign that maybe three or four cup final spots are up for grabs.
It shows the strength in depth at United at present.
“It’s a good thing the players in the team aren’t assured of a place,” said Wilson.
“That keeps the intensity of training up.
“Let’s be honest, maybe seven or eight of the lads know they’re guaranteed starters but the rest of us are all battling with each other. It’s going to be an interesting week for everyone.”
Defensively, by Wilson’s own admission, United have been disappointing of late.
But he doesn’t think that’ll have an impact on the Tangerines’ performance in the final.
He reckons there’s plenty of positives to take from their last two matches, even though they’ve been littered with errors.
And he is sure the fact United got a chance to case out Parkhead prior to Saturday works in their favour.
Wilson reckons it might just give them the edge.
He said: “We have to take positives from it.
“We went there, on a big pitch, and played some good football.
“As it stands I think we will be in the same dressing-room again, so that’s given us a chance to get used to the place.
“It’s not often you play at Celtic Park, you only come twice in a normal season.
“So we are fortunate we’ve had the chance to experience it in advance.
“That can help to settle the players. Being comfortable and confident in your surroundings can be a big factor in deciding the fate of a cup final.”
With just a few days to go, the pressure and anticipation of what will be many of the squad’s first final is starting to ramp up.
United must try to keep a lid on things, according to Wilson.
“If we are going to win the cup this weekend, we have to play with confidence,” he said.
“St Johnstone have given us a hard time over the last three games but we know what to expect.
“We need to keep a lid on things.
“We’ve been looking forward to this since Ibrox.
“It’s been difficult because that’s a long time.
“The race for Europe kept us going, that was a help taking the mind off things.
“We have a lot of young boys with a lot of energy let’s hope we can produce on the day.”