Almost 12 weeks on from the close of January transfer window and things are still sore in the tangerine half of the city.
Speak to any Dundee United fan about their club and you’ll probably barely have to wait a minute before the names Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven come into the conversation.
Ultimately, can you blame them? A simple look at the stats makes for grim reading.
Since the duo left for Celtic on February 2, United have managed to win just two of 13 matches in all competitions.
That sequence has seen them lose nine games, the chances of two bits of silverware and a proud decade-long unbeaten record against city rivals Dundee.
Although many a punter is wishing the season would come to a quiet end, United still have plenty to play for.
A European spot is still up for grabs, whether that be via the automatic spot of third, or fourth, provided Inverness lift the Scottish Cup at the end of next month.
While blaming the loss of the key duo may be justified, are they really the reason why United’s season has gone off a cliff of late?
Here we take a look at a number of other factors as to why the side, who looked like title challengers at the start of 2015, have been on the slide.
While frontman Nadir Ciftci has been a steadying influence in the United starting XI, few others around him have stepped up to the plate in terms of goals.
One thing Jackie McNamara’s team did lose with the departure of Mackay-Steven and Armstrong in particular was a regular goal threat.
The problem United have had is when Ciftci is not firing, which to be honest is a rare occurrence, no one else has taken on the goalscoring burden.
Signed in the summer to do just that, Mario Bilate has been a big disappointment. It’s maybe a touch early to rely on new boy Robbie Muirhead and it’s fair to say Estonian international Henri Anier has not pulled up any trees.
United need one of their fringe men to step into the goalscoring breach or a supporting midfielder Chris Erskine, Aidan Connolly or Ryan Dow to hit a hot streak.
As good as United have been in recent years, one thing they’ve never got to grips with is the goals-conceded column.
And if the truth be told, for long periods this season they’ve been too easy to score against.
The problem has come when the goals at the other end dry up, United are still leaking them.
A lot of that, to me, is to do with the unsettled nature of the Terrors’ backline.
The manager has rarely been able to call upon the same four personnel week in, week out.
At the start of the season you knew the four he’d select and, in the main, United were defensively solid.
Now, it’s hard to know which players, or even formation, will be operated by the Tangerines.
During his time at Tannadice, Polish goalie Rado Cierzniak has enjoyed relative success. While he splits opinion among fans, he’s probably been one of their most consistent performers. Well, that was until recently.
We’ve seen the best of him v Celtic and the worst v Dundee lately. In his last few weeks in the city, a return to form would be welcome.