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Defeated Manchester United furious after bus attack

By Robert Jones

Published 11/05/2016

The bus carrying the Manchester United team is escorted by police after having a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn ground
The bus carrying the Manchester United team is escorted by police after having a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn ground

Manchester United's hopes of a spot in next season's Champions League took a hammering - as did their team bus before the match, with kick-off delayed for 45 minutes - with West Ham signing off from Upton Park with a spectacular 3-2 victory.

The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium at the start of next season, but United are heading for the Europa League with defeat handing the initiative to Manchester City in the race for fourth spot.

On a night when the United team bus was attacked by West Ham fans, under-fire boss Louis van Gaal could not inspire his side to match the passion of the home team.

Images and videos of the attack began circulating on social media, with the tinted windows of the United coach being cracked and damaged by missiles.

Van Gaal said: "It is not so nice. The way we have been received is not the proper way, of course. That makes all the influence on the players and that is a pity."

United captain Wayne Rooney added: "It wasn't nice. The coach got smashed up, but we're here now, so have to prepare for the game and go out and do our job.

"It was disappointing. We know it's a big game for West Ham, a big night for them, leaving the stadium, but West Ham as a club will be disappointed."

West Ham co-Chairman David Sullivan said: “It is depressing really, it will be a late night for our fans and some of them won’t be able to stay.

“I don’t understand why United couldn’t get here at 4pm. They could have got here early. They knew it would be busy. It’s crazy.

“There was congestion in the street and they couldn’t get the coach in. There were people around the coach.

Winston Reid of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Winston Reid of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Winston Reid of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Police and fans outside Upton Park during the Barclays Premier League between West Ham United and Manchester United. PA
Chris Smalling of Manchester United looks dejected as Winston Reid of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (L) vies with West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on May 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney walks onto the pitch before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on May 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans show their support prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
West Ham United fans in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PA
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Andy Carroll of West Ham United breaks through during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
West Ham United's Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho (C) celebrates with West Ham United's English midfielder Mark Noble after scoring during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on May 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
West Ham United fans in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
People watch from a balcony overlooking the Boleyn Ground during the last Barclays Premier League game played at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham United mascot Hammerhead walks along the touchline prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Juan Mata of Manchester United is challenged by Mark Noble of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
West Ham United's Diafra Sakho scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PA
West Ham United fans look on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney (left) warm-up before the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PA
West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell (right) and Mark Noble warm-up before the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PA
West Ham United fans during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PA
West Ham United fans during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham United mascot Hammerhead poses with fans prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham United mascot Hammerhead poses with fans prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans hang flags and banners prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: A West Ham fan wears a 'Farewell Boleyn' scarf prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
A woman and a child are helped past West Ham fans as people become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The bus carrying the Manchester United team is escorted by police after having a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn ground. /AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United team coach has a window smashed on its way to West Ham's Boleyn. AFP/Getty Images
A woman and a child are helped past West Ham fans as people become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans watch the Manchester United players arrive outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Police try to control West Ham fans gathered near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather near 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans gather on 'The Champions' statue outside the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham fans buy programmes near the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: A West Ham fan takes a photograph prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The Manchester United coach arrives for the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: The Manchester United team coach attempts to make its way through the crowds prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Programmes for sale prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
West Ham fans have their picture taken by the 1966 World Cup winners statue outside West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: A West Ham fan poses prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Graffiti outside West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the gates of West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the gates of West Ham's Boleyn ground before the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United in in east London on May 10, 2016. West Ham United will be leaving their stadium at the end of the season and moving to the Olympic stadium. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Fans outside Upton Park before the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: West Ham fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Fans gather before West Ham United's last game at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
The West Ham coach arrives for the last game at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham supporters gather outside West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: West Ham supporters gather inside the Boleyn Pub near West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: A group of West Ham supporters have their photograph taken outside West Ham United FC's Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League match against Manchester United is West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn Ground, bringing to an end 112 years of the club's history at the ground. The club will move into the Olympic Stadium next season, making way for developers and plans for 800 new homes where the stadium now stands. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

“If we arrived late at Old Trafford they wouldn’t put the kick-off back.”

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware that a number of items were thrown at the Manchester United coach.

“One police officer and a member of the public sustained minor injuries. No arrests have been made.”

As for the match, Diafra Sakho gave West Ham an early lead before United hit back with a double from Anthony Martial which would have meant a home win over Bournemouth on Sunday would have secured the final Champions League place.

But goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid dashed their hopes as West Ham marked their last ever game at Upton Park with an emotional victory in front of a 34,602 full house.

United boss Van Gaal is sure to come under pressure if his side fail to secure a top four berth, with neighbours and fierce rivals City now requiring just a point at Swansea on Sunday.

Van Gaal said: “It is very disappointing because we were ahead. We gave it away because of the set plays.

“As a manager you are never satisfied but when you are 2-1 ahead after 70 minutes then you have to make the pitch bigger and keep the ball better.”

On the scenes outside the ground before kick-off, he added: “As a professional we live in this world. We know it can happen so we have to cope with that.

“Twenty minutes from the end we were 2-1 ahead so I don’t think that was an influence.”

He refused to rule out United’s top four hopes.

“I think it is still possible but it is not in our own hands and that is the difference,” said Van Gaal, whose side face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday week.

United midfielder Michael Carrick added: “We were in a good position but we didn’t help ourselves. You have got to be better than that, cleverer than that.

“The atmosphere was loud and what we expected. We have been in big atmospheres before. You have got to deal with that.

“It is Man City’s hands now. We have let that slip. We have got to win our final game and see what happens,” he said.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic admitted it had been a rollercoaster night.

“It was big pressure. We have had a great season and I told the guys however it finished in the last few games it has been a great season,” he said.

“We were under pressure still, we didn’t want to lose our last game. We just wanted to win it and this was a win of character.

“We didn’t stop believing. We knew they were highly motivated because they could have leapt above Manchester City.

“We totally deserved it. It was a great night, it is history, not just a game.”

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