Ten Hag reacts to Leeds parting ways with Marsch

Tuesday 07 February 2023 12:50

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reacted to the news that Leeds have parted company with head coach Jesse Marsch, on the eve of Wednesday’s match at Old Trafford.

The Elland Road club announced their decision on Monday and also confirmed Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas will be in the dugout at the Theatre of Dreams this midweek. 

During a press conference at Carrington, Ten Hag was asked by reporters about the change: “It's always sad if a manager is a colleague and gets sacked, in general I don't believe in it that if you sack a manager you get better results,” said Erik. 

“Most of the time, it doesn't work. Let managers do their work, finish their work and then make a good evaluation. Obviously, the pressure is high with the decision makers in football clubs and they turn. But if you see the facts, you see the stats, most of the time it doesn't work out well.”
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Asked if it affects his preparations for this week’s back-to-back matches with Leeds, Ten Hag continued: “Definitely and you don't know. We have to be aware of that. When Jesse was at Leeds, it was clear how they play, their way of play, system, style. 

“Now, it's possible they change but it's also possible they don't change. We will find out on the pitch tomorrow and then we need good anticipation on that if they change, and if not, we know what to do. Bad anticipation for instance against Villa, the difference for them when Emery came in is they had a week to prepare and now they [Leeds] don't have so much time to prepare. 

“We will see but we need good anticipation and to be proactive.”
United against Leeds is of course a famous rivalry in English football history and Ten Hag is looking forward to it, knowing how much it means to our supporters. 

“It's about the match of the Roses,” he said. “It's definitely a big game in this part of England and it's a big game for us. We know we have Man City, we have Liverpool, but as well for our fans, this game means so much. Our players are aware of that and they know what to do.”

United v Leeds kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and it will not be televised live in the UK. You can listen to live radio commentary via the United App, ManUtd.com and MUTV.