The point for each side did little to enhance their current table positions of eighth and seventh respectively as Saints boss Derek McInnes could not hid the lack of quality on show which was contributed to by the poor state of the McDiarmid Park pitch.
"There were two teams who had loads of effort and endeavour and they've got to be commended for that,” he said.
"I felt for both sets of players because it's a surface that can make players look foolish and it's difficult to get any tempo.
"There's got to be that understanding from the supporters. For players who want to take a touch and get on the ball and play it's difficult, it doesn't allow for that.
"It was a game that was very difficult for players. It was frantic, both teams were fully committed and full of endeavour and they've got to be commended for that.
"But it's not easy for them out there and I think there's got to be an understanding of that.
"It's difficult to play in certain areas of the pitch. To try and be more creative you need to be brave and take possession of it in your own half of the pitch.
"But all we're trying to do is play in areas that apply pressure to the other team, and I think United did the same.
"I'm not moaning about it, it's just the way it is and we've got to accept it. There's going to be a lot more games like that this season, and not just at McDiarmid."