Levein: Win doesn't secure Euro spot

06 May 2009 04:17
The Tangerines know they can go seven points clear of the Dons if they win at Tannadice but there will still be three Scottish Premier League games to go.[LNB]United's main aim is to catch Hearts for third spot and Levein has told his players he expects his former club to win Thursday's Edinburgh derby so a victory over Aberdeen is crucial.[LNB]With two European places up for grabs, United could find themselves in a commanding position on Thursday night but their manager believes the race for Europe would be far from over.[LNB]He said: "A win against Aberdeen would take us a significant step towards European football but it wouldn't seal it.[LNB]"There would be a seven-point gap but with nine to play for, so we're not looking towards it like that.[LNB]"All we're concentrating on is winning the game to stay ahead of Aberdeen and keep the pressure on Hearts.[LNB]"I think they'll beat Hibs in the Edinburgh derby because Hibs have a lot of injuries, so we need to win over Aberdeen to keep things going.[LNB]"I expect ours to be a very good game because we've both reached the stage where a point is not really enough.[LNB]"As I said, I think we need to win to stay in touch with Hearts, while Jimmy Calderwood will look at it and say a point is not much use.[LNB]"Therefore, I think we're going to get a really open match between both teams, who are at the top of their games."[LNB]Levein has been hit by injuries to top scorer Francisco Sandaza and Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney.[LNB]That means he will have to call upon David Goodwillie and Andis Shala but he is backing the two youngsters to shine.[LNB]Goodwillie scored the winner against Hibs last weekend and is a player Levein feels is ready to step into the limelight.[LNB]He said: "Andis and Goodie are both young but they've played together a lot in the reserves this season, so they know each other's game.[LNB]"Goodie is a talented player and his ability has never been in question.[LNB]"What he had to do was focus and I think he's done that over the last year.[LNB]"As for Andis, he's more raw and inexperienced but he's got a presence which defenders find intimidating."[LNB]In addition to Feeney and Sandaza, United skipper Lee Wilkie is banned but Paul Dixon returns after suspension.[LNB]Levein has confirmed his interest in Slovakian keeper Dusan Pernis but admits the player's contract with MSK Zilina presents a problem.[LNB]The 24-year-old is tied up until January but United want their new man in for pre-season so are likely to look at alternatives, with ex-Valencia man Alberto Marrama high on their list.[LNB]Levein said: "Dusan is one of several players we're looking and and he's a good keeper.[LNB]"But he's contracted to his club until next year so he's probably the least likely option at the moment."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk