They were for many years the less successful of the two Dundee football clubs (the other being Dundee FC), but during the period when Jim McLean served as the club's manager (between 1971 and 1993) they became the premier club in the city. McLean was an astonishingly successful manager, leading United into their most successful period of history. In his time as manager they won a league title, several league cups, reached the Scottish Cup Final seven times (though never managed to win it), as well as a European Cup semi-final and a UEFA Cup final.
In recent years the club has struggled to maintain such success, whilst rivals Dundee FC have become more successful once again.
In this picture Dundee United player Paul Hegarty is congratulated by a fan after the league title was won.