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McNamara hopes to break Hearts

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has urged his players to build on their Scottish Cup victory over Rangers when they host Hearts.

The new Tangerines boss got off to a winning start as United swept past the Ibrox club 3-0 in his first game in the dugout since replacing departed manager Peter Houston.

It was a win which gave McNamara great satisfaction as they look ahead to a cup quarter-final tie with Dundee but for now he wants to see them follow that up with another positive result against the Jambos in the SPL.

McNamara said: "It's been a good start and it gives us something to build on going into this game with Hearts.

"The lads have all responded well since I came in last week and it's been good to have a full week working closer with them in training each day.

"This will be a very tough match against Hearts but it's one we should be approaching with confidence.

"There were a lot of positives things to come out of the Rangers game which we want to use to our advantage.

"We want to try and move up the table as well so it will be very important to start winning more games at Tannadice in front of our own supporters."

United face a Hearts side which has been buoyed by recently making it through to the final of the League Cup.

McNamara is under no illusions about how tough John McGlynn's side could make it for them this weekend so knows they must be fully prepared.

He said: "I've got a lot of respect for Hearts and what they're trying to do with the younger players at their club.

"They've proved they're a good team by going all the way to the final and you never get it easy against them.

"They have lots of talented young players who've been given a first-team opportunity this season and have taken it well.

"So we are facing a tough task but it's one which we are all looking forward to.

"We're in the middle of a spell where there are many big games coming up for the club.

"It's a challenge we're relishing so it it is our job to go out there and try to win as many games as possible and see where we end up."

United are hoping full-back Keith Watson shakes off some tightness in his knee to face the Edinburgh club.

Midfielder Stuart Armstrong is back from Scotland Under-21 international duty in Greece in midweek and appears to have suffered no ill-reaction.