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St Johnstone v Dundee United: Terrors' attack should give them edge in Scottish Cup Final

Andy Walker - Andy Walker Posted 14th May 2014 view comments

After the final SPFL league matches of the season last weekend, all eyes are now focused on Celtic Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final on Saturday between Tayside rivals St Johnstone and Dundee United.

It's a huge milestone for St Johnstone to reach their first ever Scottish Cup final and it'll be interesting to see how Tommy Wright's men handle the occasion.

The Perth side surprised a lot of people by coming up with the perfect performance to beat favourites Aberdeen in the semi-final at Ibrox and it's fair to say Wright has done a terrific job since taking over from Steve Lomas.

Saints chief Tommy Wright could be Manager of the Season if his side win this weekend

Saints chief Tommy Wright could be Manager of the Season if his side win this weekend

Despite their limited resources, St Johnstone finished comfortably in the top half of the table as well as reaching the semi-final of the League Cup. Were they to win on Saturday, Wright could reasonably lay claim to being manager of the year.

Much of United's hopes will be pinned on 21-year-old poster boy Stevie May, who has 27 goals to his credit this season.

His superb strikes in the semi-final against Aberdeen turned the game on its head and he also has to contend with a growing list of clubs who may be interested in securing his services for next season.

Defensively, St Johnstone have a more solid look about them than Utd.

Goalkeeper Alan Mannus produced a fantastic save from Adam Rooney in the semi-finals when his team were one down.

In front of him, Dave Mackay, Fraser Wright and Steven Anderson seem more dependable and stronger than Utd's back four.

Match-winners

Alongside May, Steven MacLean and Michael O'Halloran are options for Wright.

Quality service to the strikers is obviously important and it's from middle to front where I think Utd have the edge.

Even allowing for their defence being soft at times, Utd have more potential match-winners than St Johnstone.

Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven, Ryan Gauld, Ryan Dow and Nadir Ciftci can all come up with something special and it's the main reason why I think Utd will come out on top.

In Andrew Robertson, they have a full-back who is also an excellent attacking option.

Much will depend on how both sets of players react on the day as the build up to the final is long and nerves can play a part if you lose your focus.

Jackie McNamara rested a few of his important front players last weekend when Celtic beat them 3-1 but even playing on the Celtic Park surface with such a huge crowd in attendance so recently will help them settle.

I also think their semi-final experience in beating Rangers at Ibrox shows that Utd can handle a big occasion and come up with the type of performance that will see them qualify for Europe as Scottish Cup winners.

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