Dundee United F.C. in the 2000s

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This covers the seasons from 2000–01 to 2009–10 in which the club won the Scottish Cup for the second time and returned to European football.

2000–01[edit]

The season began with Paul Sturrock resigning after just two games and Alex Smith being appointed after a caretaker spell. In the first year of the league being expanded to twelve teams and incorporating a top/bottom split, United finished eleventh, securing their Premier League status only in the penultimate game. The season saw a number of South American players at the club in and around October, with most featuring just once. Indeed, the club used forty-two players during the season, with eight nationalities other than British.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
10 St Johnstone 38 9 13 16 40 56 −16 40
11 Dundee United 38 9 8 21 38 63 −25 35
12 St Mirren (R) 38 8 6 24 32 72 −40 30 First Division

Updated to games played on 6 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2001–02[edit]

The club finished eighth, an improvement on the previous season's eleventh-place finish. Briefly topping the table after remaining undefeated in the first four league matches, the club lost the next four and despite beating both Edinburgh clubs in the following two matches, lost four of the final five pre-split matches to finish in the bottom six. The club's form improved here, remaining undefeated in the final five matches. In the Cups, United exited in the quarter-finals of both the League Cup and Scottish Cup.

Captain Jason de Vos left at the start of the season and David Hannah ended his second spell at Tannadice towards the end of the season, signing for Greenock Morton. In all, four players were signed with ten departing.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Kilmarnock 38 13 10 15 44 54 −10 49
8 Dundee United 38 12 10 16 38 59 −21 46
9 Dundee 38 12 8 18 41 55 −14 44

Updated to games played on 6 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2002–03[edit]

United finished the season in eleventh place for the second time in three seasons, although Scottish First Division side Falkirk's insufficient stadium capacity meant there were no promotion/relegation this season. Alex Smith was sacked by new chairman Eddie Thompson in October, with former player Paul Hegarty acting as caretaker until Ian McCall's appointment in January.

In the cups, United made it to the League Cup semi-finals but didn't get past the Scottish Cup third round.

Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
10 Partick Thistle 38 8 11 19 37 58 −21 35
11 Dundee United 38 7 11 20 35 68 −33 32
12 Motherwell 38 7 7 24 45 71 −26 28

Updated to games played on 5 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2003–04[edit]

United finished fifth in the league, securing a top-six finish for the first time since the split was introduced three seasons before.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Dunfermline Athletic 38 14 11 13 45 52 −7 53
5 Dundee United 38 13 10 15 47 60 −13 49
6 Motherwell 38 12 10 16 42 49 −7 46

Updated to games played on 5 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2004–05[edit]

United began the first in a three-year spell of finishing 9th in the league, in a season which saw Ian McCall sacked and predecessor Gordon Chisholm take the club to the Scottish Cup Final. McCall had earlier taken United to the League Cup semi-finals, only for on-loan Nick Colgan – playing his second and final match – to let in seven goals as Rangers cruised to victory.

Long-serving player Jim Paterson left the club in pre-season and Owen Coyle's brief second spell also ended a week later. No transfer fees were recouped from the seven transfers out this season with only Stevie Crawford costing money from the four players signed.

Home
colours
Away
colours
Cup Final colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 11 16 41 47 −6 44
9 Dundee United 38 8 12 18 41 59 −18 36
10 Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 −27 35

Updated to games played on 6 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2005–06[edit]

United again finished the season in 9th place, and again changed manager during the season, with former player Craig Brewster replacing the sacked Gordon Chisholm in January. Brewster went on to win just one of the remaining sixteen matches that season, with the club losing six games in a row between April and early May. Chisholm's fate was sealed after United threw away a two-goal lead at home to Aberdeen to exit in the Scottish Cup third round, while earlier in the season, the club exited at the first hurdle in both the UEFA Cup and League Cup.

Home
colours
Away
colours
European colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
8 Motherwell 38 13 10 15 55 61 −6 49
9 Dundee United 38 7 12 19 41 66 −25 33
10 Falkirk 38 8 9 21 35 64 −29 33

Updated to games played on 6 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2006–07[edit]

United finished ninth in the Premier League for the third successive season, although the club gained nine more points this time. After a poor start to the season, Craig Brewster was sacked in October and replaced by Craig Levein, who won his first game in a televised home match against Rangers.

There was an overhaul of the playing staff with nine players arriving and as many as twelve leaving during the course of the season. No fees were recouped with most of the signings arriving costing either nominal or undisclosed fees.

The club won only one match in each cup competition, with St. Johnstone defeating United in the League Cup third round and Inverness CT winning in the Scottish Cup fourth round.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 11 13 14 42 48 −6 46
9 Dundee United 38 10 12 16 40 59 −19 42
10 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 41 61 −20 38

Updated to games played on 9 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2007–08[edit]

United secured only their second top-six finish when they finished the league season in fifth place. With the club in fourth place for most of the season, failure to win a post-split match saw the club eventually drop to fifth on the final day.

There was another high turnover of players this season with fifteen arriving between pre-season and the following close-season, and seven departing. Captain Barry Robson's £1.25m sale to Celtic brought in the club's highest sale since Billy Dodds' departure to Rangers for £1.3m in December 1999.

The club were beaten on penalties by Rangers in the League Cup Final and lost to St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup fifth round after a replay.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Aberdeen 38 15 8 15 50 58 −8 53
5 Dundee United 38 14 10 14 53 47 +6 52
6 Hibernian 38 14 10 14 49 45 +4 52 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round

Updated to games played on 9 June 2008.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2008–09[edit]

The club began the season with a defeat at First Division champions Hamilton Academical and then held SPL champions Celtic and UEFA Cup entrants Motherwell to draws.

Seven players were signed in pre-season with last season's top scorer, Noel Hunt, departing for Reading in a £600,000 deal.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Aberdeen 38 14 11 13 41 40 +1 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Dundee United 38 13 14 11 47 50 −3 53
6 Hibernian 38 11 14 13 42 46 −4 47

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

2009–10[edit]

The club enjoyed their best-ever SPL finish, finishing in third place and securing a UEFA Europa League place.

Six players were signed in pre-season with another three arriving afterwards. One player was sold with several youngsters being loaned out.

The club won the Scottish Cup for the second time, defeating Ross County 3-0 in the Final.

Home colours
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Celtic 38 25 6 7 75 39 +36 81 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Dundee United 38 17 12 9 55 47 +8 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
4 Hibernian 38 15 9 14 58 55 +3 54 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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