‘Come and get us’: Dundee United ace lays down challenge to title rivals

Dundee United midfielder Sam Stanton.

Dundee United midfielder Sam Stanton has called on the rest of the Championship to come and get them.

The Terrors currently top the table heading into the weekend’s fixtures and on-loan Hibs man Stanton insists he and his team-mates are not feeling the pressure of a tough winter schedule.

The Tangerines take on their closest rivals in Queen of the South, Livingston and St Mirren over the next two weeks.

And The 23-year-old says United are happy where they are and has told their challengers the chase is on.

“We want to be on top of the league for as long as we can, you always want to be top of the league,” Stanton said.

“You’d rather be the one getting chased than the one chasing, like St Mirren and Queen of the South.

The Tangerines aim to build on their 2-0 win over Morton last Saturday.

“Livi are a good side as well, they’ve done really well this year.

“They’ve got two games in hand but we need to take each game as it comes.

“That’s what you need to do when you’re trying to win the league.”

United face Gary Naysmith’s Queens side at Palmerston Park, with the Dumfries outfit on fire of late.

A Stephen Dobbie hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 away win over Dunfermline last Saturday and saw the Doonhamers rise to third in the league standings.

Stanton admits Dobbie will be handful for them to deal with but insists Queens should also be worried about the Terrors’ star men.

Stanton said: “They’ve been doing really well, they’re on a similar run to us in the last few games.

“It’ll be a good game, they’ve got a good side full of quality players everywhere on the park.

“It’ll be a tough game but we’re looking forward to it.

“Dobbie is a dangerous player, everyone in the league knows how good he can be on his day but we’ve got good players as well.

“We want them to be worried about us, too.”

Dundee United’s midfield have been chipping in with goals of late with Stanton, Scott Fraser and Billy King all netting doubles in recent weeks and months.

Stanton concedes they struggled to find the net earlier in the season but since manager Csaba Laszlo came in last month they have been liberated by his attacking philosophy.

“The new manager’s come in and he’s brought a new style of play, Stanton added.

“It’s helping us open up teams a lot more.

“We’ve been unlucky recently. We could’ve scored a lot more goals than we’ve been scoring.

“We’ve certainly been creating the chances to score more goals anyway and I think those chances will come.

“If the chances keep coming, the goals will follow.

“I scored three in a couple of games a wee while ago.

“Goals are being shared around the team a lot, there’s been a lot of different goal scorers.

“Of course I want to score as many goals as possible but the most important thing is we’re winning, regardless of who’s scoring.

“We’ve got five or six players who can always chip in with goals which is always a good thing to have.

“You need to get it done regardless of who you’re playing or where you are playing. We need to try and keep this run going.

“The group of players we’ve got are all very good quality. It’s not a massive squad but as long as we keep players fit we’ll always have a chance of winning games.”