Hearts boss Robbie Neilson reckons Dundee United will be a different animal under Mixu Paatelainen.
The former Finland manager was announced as Jackie McNamara’s successor earlier this week after a dismal start to the campaign for the Arabs.
Ahead of their meeting on Sunday, Neilson says the players will be desperate to impress their new head coach.
“I think it is a good appointment. Mixu has had a good managerial career,” Neilson said.
“It is a different game now. It is a different Dundee United we will be playing against.
“I am sure since Mixu has taken over there has been a lot of energy in training.
“It is a clean slate for every player. The guys who haven’t been in the picture now have a chance to get in the team.
“They will be desperate to impress, desperate to perform so we need to make sure we go up there and are ready for it.
“It will make for an intriguing game.”
After an impressive start, Hearts now have only won in their last five games but Neilson is pleased with the opening quarter of the season gone.
“I am delighted with the position we are sitting in,” he continued. “If we get a result in the United game, we will be sitting in third position.
“For a team that has been promoted in the summer, it is great.
“We had a great start. It has been a wee bit difficult recently but the performances have still been there.
“In the last few games we have created a lot of chances but didn’t take them, but at least we are creating.”