United first team coach Darren Jackson is full of praise for Townsend.
Speaking to the Dundee Telegraph, he said: "It's a hard ask taking over from Andy (Robertson).
"However, Conor doesn't know a lot about Andy. He's not comparing himself to him, it's just everyone else is.
"Of course in some ways you are going to miss the wee guy because of how he played last season.
"However, I think Conor's been great and so do all the staff here."