Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has claimed that the club's critics do not want them to succeed due to their past success.
The Red Devils have faced scrutiny of late as a result of inconsistent form which includes poor defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir. Maguire's personal performances have also been placed under the spotlight this season, though some of that pressure has been relieved after United defeated high flying Everton 3-1 on Saturday.
Speaking after that game, the former Leicester City man claimed that the club's historical success means the current crop of players are subject to an extra level of scrutiny.
"At this club one thing I've noticed in my time here - I've been here a year and a half - is we are the most talked-about club in the world," Maguire said, in an interview posted on the United Twitter account.
"Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don't want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we've had in the past.
"We have to live up to that, we have to react to it and don't let the negatives get into our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it is difficult for the lads."
Addressing the Everton result specifically, Maguire revealed that he was happy with his side's performance.
"We reacted well to two poor results. We felt we were on the right track after [the 5-0 win over] Leipzig and we let ourselves down against Arsenal.
"It wasn't good enough as a performance. In the week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too hard to create chances to come back. We knew this was an important game to get three points. We reacted well but it is only a start."
The victory moved United up to 14th place. After the international break, they face West Brom before hosting Basaksehir in midweek.