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Hammer blow hits United hard as West Ham enjoy Upton Park farewell

West Ham 3-2 Manchester United

By Mark Ogden

Published 11/05/2016

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)

Manchester United have seen two league titles slip from their grasp at Upton Park and they can now add blowing Champions League qualification to their West Ham tale of woe after throwing away a 2-1 lead to gift the home crowd the dream finale at the stadium's last-ever game.

Leading 2-1 with less than 15 minutes to play following two Anthony Martial goals - the second was a stunner - United then capitulated, conceding two soft headers to Michael Antonio and Winston Reid to miss the chance to dislodge Manchester City in fourth and go into the final day of the season in pole position for the final Champions League berth.

United must now hope that City lose at Swansea this Sunday, and that they defeat Bournemouth at Old Trafford, for a last-gasp ascent into the top four.

This was never going to be an ordinary game, with the lights going out on Upton Park for the final time, but the visit of United to this corner of the East End has always carried more spice than most fixtures for West Ham.

And United have found it to be a graveyard for their ambitions more than once, with Sir Alex Ferguson decrying the 'obscene' effort of an already-relegated West Ham back in 1992 when Kenny Brown's goal sealed a 1-0 home win and all but ended the visitors' title hopes.

Three years later, United infamously missed a catalogue of chances on the final day of the 1994-95 season at Upton Park, emerging with a 1-1 draw when a victory would have denied Blackburn Rovers the championship.

So with United needing a victory again to leapfrog City and climb into the top four, Van Gaal's would have approached this game with apprehension due to history and the ability of Slaven Bilic's team to beat anybody on their day.

But with emotions running high with Upton Park closing its doors after 112 years, United's players also had to overcome the trauma of their team bus being attacked on the approach to the stadium ahead of the game.

Five windows were smashes, with glass showering the players, prompting the idiotic response by West ham co-chairman David Sullivan, suggesting that United 'should have got here at 4pm, and that 'if you check the coach, there won't be any damage to it.'

Sullivan may have turned a blind eye to the thuggery of a section of his club's supporters, but video footage offered clear evidence of the attack. If this is the Upton Park experience, then it should be goodbye and good riddance.

But with the game eventually kicking off at 8.30pm following a 45-minute delay, United endured another ambush, this time on the pitch, with West Ham starting in a frenzy of noise.

Bilic's team went for United from the off and they were ahead on ten minutes when Diafra Sakho's left foot strike from Manuel Lanzini's cross deflected off the shin of Daley Blind to beat goalkeeper David de Gea. United were shellshocked and could have been further behind by the break , missing the calm assurance.

United could not afford to play their usual patient game with a victory crucial for their top four aspirations and Van Gaal replaced the ineffective Morgan Schneiderlin with Michael Carrick at the interval.

And the change was rewarded six minutes into the second-half when Martial levelled for United after a Marcus Rashford inspired counter attack left West Ham exposed.

Martial scored his second on 72 minutes danced into the penalty area before beating goalkeeper Darren Randolph from a tight angle.

Game over? United may have thought so, but West Ham drove forward, with Antonio equalising with a header from Payet's 76th minute free-kick. And the killer blow for United - and perfect ending for Upton Park - came when Reid headed Payet's cross past De Gea five minutes later.

WEST HAM: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Lanzini (Obiang 84), Kouyaté, Noble, Payet (E Valencia 90), Sakho (Tomkins 85), Carroll.

Goals: Sakho 10, Antonio 76, Reid 80

Subs not used: Collins, Moses, Emenike, Spiegel.

MAN UTD: De Gea, A Valencia (Januzaj 87), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin (Carrick 45), Mata, Herrera (Lingard 83), Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Goals: Martial 51, 72

Subs not used: Jones, Depay, Romero, Borthwick-Jackson.

Man of the match: Payet

Match rating: 7/10 Referee: Mike Dean

Belfast Telegraph

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