‘I’m flabbergasted’: Paul Merson makes bold Leeds manager claim ahead of Manchester United double-header
Leeds is practically accepting defeat to Manchester United, according to Paul Merson.
Paul Merson has slammed Leeds United’s decision to fire Jesse Marsch.
On Sky Sports’ website, the commentator stated that he couldn’t comprehend the Elland Road board’s decision.
Merson also claims Leeds is “admitting” they “don’t have a chance” against Manchester United.
Leeds parted ways with Marsch on Monday, following the Whites’ weekend defeat to Nottingham Forest.
It was Leeds United’s ninth Premier League game without a win.
Leeds hasn’t won a league game since 5 November, and the only thing separating them from the bottom three is goal difference.
The Whites will also face Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils twice this week in the Premier League.
Leeds plays Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday before hosting Manchester United at Elland Road on Sunday.
‘Consider the fans.’
Merson believes it “doesn’t make sense” that the Whites didn’t already have a replacement lined up for Marsch.
He also expresses concern for Leeds fans, implying that Manchester United could thrash their managerless opponents.
“It doesn’t make sense that they haven’t already lined up a replacement after sacking the manager,” Merson tweeted on Sky Sports.
“They have two massive games versus United in four days. It’s not the same as if a club fires its management and then doesn’t play for two weeks.
“You have to think about the supporters because you don’t want to go to Old Trafford and get beaten 4-0 or 5-0.
“It’s like they are conceding they haven’t got a chance in these two games and just want them out of the way. I’m taken aback.
“I felt they may if their luck changed.
“They’re not getting beaten up or embarrassed. They have played in the majority of games this season, however, they have yet to score a goal.
“He couldn’t help himself. His top striker has been out for the whole of the season.”
Different points of view
Merson’s viewpoint appears to be at odds with that of many Leeds fans, many of whom believe Marsch’s dismissal occurred at the correct time.
Much of the Leeds fan reaction to the American’s firing seemed to be along the lines of ‘he’s a good person, but he was out of his depth’.
Leeds’ board hasn’t been hesitant to make risky moves in the past, including firing Marcelo Bielsa, and it’s not like they’ve backfired.
We’ll see who Elland Road decides to bring in, and ideally, they’ll hit the ground running with the side and help them go up the table.