Manager Danny Wilson has warned he will take a dim view of anyone who allows complacency to creep into their game against Zejtun Corinthians.
Wilson’s side play the first match of the Malta tour at Ta’Qali international training complex tonight.
Although Wednesday’s meeting with Hibernians, the Maltese Premier League runners-up, is expected to provide a much sterner test for United Wilson reassured supporters: “We’re not out here for a holiday.
“We are here to work hard and get ready for the new campaign. It can be tough out here because the conditions are not ideal because of the intense heat. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be taking things easy. Far from it.”
Corinthians, a First Division side based in the south of the country, finished fourth in their competition last term.
Two years ago they visited England as part of a scheme designed to improve their coaching techniques.
Former Malta internationals Antoine Zahra and Edward Azzopardi could all feature for Joey Falzon’s team this evening.
United’s preparations for the 2012/13 League One season began in earnest when they drew 1-1 with Ilkeston last week.
Wilson said: “Primarily, at this stage, it’s all about getting a run out and some mileage into people’s legs.
“But you also want to be competitive and that’s what we were. There’s got to be an edge to what you do even if the result isn’t a priority.”