Dundee United player ratings: Two nines and one six on glory night for Tannadice outfit
Glenn Middleton scored a stunning second-half goal as Dundee United pulled off one of their biggest European results in recent decades by defeating AZ Alkmaar 1-0 on an exhilarating night at raucous Tannadice.
The 22-year-old winger only joined the Terrors from Rangers last Friday and marked his home debut by giving Jack Ross’s side a priceless lead to defend when they head to the Netherlands next Thursday for the second leg of this Europa Conference League third qualifying round tie.
United, playing their first European match since being thrashed 7-2 on aggregate by Dinamo Moscow in a Europa League qualifier 10 years ago, were backed by a pumped-up home support inside a near-full-house Tannadice crowd of 10,181.
United boss Ross introduced Jamie McGrath – who signed on the eve of the match on loan from Wigan – for his debut in the 59th minute.
It proved an inspired move as the substitute was involved in the hosts taking the lead within two minutes.
Middleton received a pass from Dylan Levitt wide on the right and skipped superbly away from two Alkmaar players before playing a one-two with McGrath and curling home a lovely finish from the edge of the box, sparking delirious scenes inside Tannadice.
Mark Atkinson was at Tannadice and rates the players out of ten ...