Mickey Mellon believes everyone at Dundee United will do the right thing to get the troubled club through their coronavirus cash crisis.

Sporting director Tony Asghar has asked the bulk of his players and coaching staff to take 20 per cent cuts until they start to get fans back through the Tannadice turnstiles.

The United players are willing to play their part but, on the guidance of PFA Scotland would rather agree to deferrals, while the other issue is some of the summer signings may not have to take reductions.

Mellon has admitted talks are ongoing but he is confident his staff will do the right thing by the club because everybody is struggling financially from the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The manager said: ‘We all understand we are in a global pandemic. That’s first and foremost.

“It’s difficult for everyone in the world at the minute. The staff and the players are all aware of that.

“We, as a club and a group of players and a coaching staff, will do all we can to make sure that Dundee United sails through this the best way it can.

“They understand if things have to be done then they will be there to help make that happen.

“There will be no resistance to that from them, they’re a great group. That’s the same for the coaching staff.

“We know as a group the pandemic is now touching us in this way because there is no income coming into the club.

“They are a great group of players who’ve had great success here and they have a great affinity with the club.

“They more than anybody want to make sure they do what they have to do in order to help the club through this in these times that everybody is suffering in.”

Mellon has claimed he hasn’t been put under any pressure to punt any of his prize assets in January, but has insisted there isn't a team who wouldn’t sell if they got a half-decent offer.

He is adamant that US owner Mark Ogren would only cash in if it was in the best interests of Dundee United.

Mellon added: “I don’t think there is a club in the world that doesn’t have to sell players.

“There is no imminent pressure put on anybody, that still stands.

“Nothing will happen here unless it is for the good of Dundee United. That will never change, from the owner all the way down.

“The owner will make sure every question is answered by that - does it help make Dundee United better or move us forward?

“There is no immediate pressure on us to do that. There are no big dramas here

“We are in these mad and extraordinary times and we will deal with them in the necessary way and continue to move forward.”

Mellon has surprisingly not spoken to Ogren since the decision was made to ask for cuts but he knew United, like most other clubs, would need to do something with there being no immediate plan to allow supporters back into grounds outside of the Highlands.

He added: “When crowds stopped coming into games, I was in the game long enough to understand that with no crowds coming in, and clubs aren’t making any money, that at some stage, if crowds don’t come in, then it’s going to become very difficult.

“Dundee United have held off until this time and now we have to have adult conversations with each other to find a way that the club can keep moving forward. There’s no big dramas as far as I’m concerned.

“There’s some pain that’s going to have to be suffered. The players, the coaching staff, people working at Tannadice, are willing to do that because we understand that.

"We are not on our own in this, the whole world is suffering this way and the whole world is having to make changes. It’s just our turn to have to do that.”