The Hoops travelled to Tayside level on points with Rangers but four goals better off, and with Aberdeen beating the Ibrox side 2-0 at Pittodrie there was no eventual need for the tension that surrounded Tannadice for most of the match.
But in the 71st minute the big Dutchman removed any doubts when he headed a Paul Hartley corner past United goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska to send the massive travelling support into raptures.
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