The assistant gaffer has impressed Tannadice chiefs since taking over as caretaker following the sacking of Jack Ross last month.
Liam Fox has landed the next permanent manager’s job[/caption]
Former Rangers star Kevin Thomson and former Newcastle Jets manager Carl Robinson were both linked with the post.
But Fox looks to have won the race to take over the hotseat.
He has stemmed the avalanche of goals which saw United ship 23 times in just four games, including a 9-0 home defeat to Celtic which saw Ross axed.
Since taking over the 38-year-old former Hearts midfielder has helped the club beat Livingston to progress in the Premier Sports Cup as well as securing a 0-0 draw at Motherwell.
Read More In Football
They were defeated 2-1 by Rangers at the weekend but Fox appears to have done enough to be given the chance to take on his first permanent managerial role.
He could now be set to hand Stevie Crawford the chance to return to top-flight football by making the former Scotland star his assistant.
The 48-year-old worked with Fox as part of Robbie Neilson’s backroom team during his first spell with Hearts.
He then followed the Tynecastle gaffer to MK Dons before taking over old club Dunfermline as manager .
Most read in Football
Crawford returned to the Fifers, who he was player-boss until 2010, in November last year but was unable to save them from relegation to League Two.
Now he looks set to return to full-time football with the club he won a Scottish Cup runners-up medal with in 2005.
United are currently bottom of the Premiership after taking just two points from their opening seven league games.
Meanwhile, striker Sadat Anaku has returned to the club after a mix-up with paperwork prevented him from making his international debut with Uganda.
The 21-year-old was denied entry into Libya due to an issue with his visa and he has returned to Scotland ahead of their clash with St Johnstone next Saturday.
A United statement said: “Sadat Anaku has returned early from international duty with Uganda due to a visa issue preventing him from entering Libya to join the squad.
Read More on The Sun
“Dundee United thanks the efforts of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and look forward to Sadat being called into future squads.
“Sadat will return to training with United ahead of St Johnstone’s visit to Tannadice on Saturday October 1.”