UK time is: 12:16:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Levein: Dundee Utd Cant Play 4-4-2

Craig Levein wanted to play Noel Hunt & Jon Daly as Dundee United's main strike-force against Caley Thistle last weekend, but Noel Hunt's lack of match fitness prevented that from happening.

It might be next season before Dundee United supporters get to see the pair playing upfront together, but Levein has admitted his plan is to turn them into a successful goal-scoring partnership.

Noel Hunt is still struggling with an ankle injury that he picked up against Motherwell in December, which is why the 24-year-old forward has been playing off the bench in United's last couple of matches.

Jon Daly was signed from Hartlepool during the January transfer window, but has yet to open his scoring account for United after playing in 5 of Levein's starting line-ups.

"Jon Daly will be a big player for us in the future as will Noel Hunt, and it is my intention to pair them, but at the moment we just don't have the right balance to play a 4-4-2," admitted Levein.

"I've always played a 4-4-2 and that's what I plan to do in the long-term, but it's difficult to come in to a club and introduce a system straight away. I've tried it four times now and, to be honest, my fears were proved right."

"The team can't depend on a pairing, it's got to be about the unit as a whole and we don't have a natural midfield four at the moment."

"We've got good wingers but if you play with two wingers you'll get annihilated. Even if you play with one you need a wide midfield player who knows the position, knows when to go narrow and when not to."

"That's something I'm going to work hard on in pre-season, both with the players we've got and hopefully with one or two I can bring in. As with everything it takes time to get a team out there doing exactly what you want it to."

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Fifa Repeat Liverpool Decision
Italian Midfielder Not Good Enough
Eddie Thompson Remains Club Chairman
Daly & Hunt - The New Strike Force
Chelsea Almost Ruined My Career
Scottish Sides Prop Up The Table
Utd Supporters Will See Improvement
Utd Lacked Russell Duncan's Ability
Dundee United Are 6th In The League
Dundee Utd Ins/Outs...January 2007
Robson Remains At United Until 2011
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Arab Jacques Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 9 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

united cant play in most formations, but i think thats more down to the players than the system
Invisible _Arab
Most managers change their system to accommodate their players, some change their players to accommodate their system think we can see which one Levein is.
ArabJacques
we need a 100% fit noel hunt asap
shingles
Id settle for even a 75% fit Noel Hunt!
ArabJacques
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Dundee United Articles

We can improve says boss (Saturday August 30 2014)

Tangerines maintain progress (Saturday August 30 2014)

Stats: St Mirren v Dundee United (Saturday August 30 2014)

Tangerines target Paisley (Friday August 29 2014)

McNamara explains exit (Friday August 29 2014)

Striker tipped to beat total (Friday August 29 2014)

Striker bemoans lack of chances (Thursday August 28 2014)

Striker to join rivals (Thursday August 28 2014)

Dundee derby in cup (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Delight for goalscorer (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Archived Dundee United Articles

List All Vital Arabs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Breaking League News

Striker pulls out of deal
Celtic : 01/09/2014 11:31:00
Trio Could Sign Today
Hibernian : 01/09/2014 08:35:00
Sloppy Goals Still A Problem For McCoist
Rangers : 31/08/2014 17:46:00
Early goal rocks Celtic
Celtic : 31/08/2014 14:45:00
Hibs fail in striker bid
Celtic : 31/08/2014 14:32:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Would Sunderland be a bad career move for John Souttar?
Suggested By:  Vital Arabs
Yes 81%
No 19%