(Video) Erik ten Hag wary of Leeds approach after Jesse Marsch sacking

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was asked about Leeds parting ways with head coach Jesse Marsch just two days before their trip to Old Trafford.

Leeds sacked Marsch on Monday and have already started the process to search for a new manager. Ralf Rangnick’s former assistant Chris Armas is set to takeover for the double-header against United.

During a press conference this afternoon, Ten Hag was asked about the decision to sack Marsch (via ManUtd.com): “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.

“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.”

Footage courtesy of Sky Sports (H/t Football Daily)

With Armas coming in for the foreseeable future, I think we can expect Leeds to play a similar brand of football to what they experienced under Marsch. I certainly don’t expect them to go back to basics under the American coach.

Ten Hag was later asked if the change of personnel in the dugout will affect his preparations for the next two matches.

He added: “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.”

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