In an interview with De Telegraaf, Erik ten Hag was asked about dealing with the criticism coming from Manchester United legends working in the media, such as Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, and Rio Ferdinand.
The 52-year-old said: “That has an impact, but it should never have an influence in the dressing room. Maybe the criticism is fiercer there.
“The club simply has a bigger fan base and more reach than Ajax, because England is much bigger, the Premier League is much bigger and basically everything is much bigger.
“Compared to the Netherlands it’s factor two, three, four, or maybe even more. Fortunately, I’ve been getting more and more baggage on how to deal with certain forces.”
Many of the former Manchester United who now work as pundits have been brutal on recent Old Trafford managers, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was somewhat spared from criticism due to his relationship with his ex-teammates.