Legend Maurice Malpas reckons January business could help Dundee United reach Premiership

Maurice Malpas
Maurice Malpas

With a total of 813 appearances for Dundee United, there’s not many better qualified to speak on the state of things at Tannadice than Maurice Malpas.

And the club legend reckons their January business has given them “a chance” of promotion back to the Premiership – if they can keep displays up for more than 45 minutes.

He said: “The last couple of games they’ve been good in the first half but ran out of steam in the second. If they can get the players bang at it for more of the game I think you have to say they have a chance.

“There is a bigger variety of player to choose from now and they have some players who are willing to put a boot in, which you need when games aren’t going your way.

“They have a chance of getting up but they can’t drop many points.”

As for his own situation, Malpas is quite content looking on from the stands after being assistant to Richie Foran at Inverness last season.

Malpas added: “These days I watch United on a Saturday and do a bit of babysitting.

“I’ve no desperation to get back in. If something came along I’d consider it but when you’ve been in the game as long as I have you can’t see the wood for the trees. Once you’re out you see the things that really matter in life and I’m quite happy.

“I do a bit of coaching over in America a few times a year which gives me my wee fix but I’m quite happy where I am.”