Horror of the
a big game for West Ham, a big night for them, leaving the stadium, but I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”
The roads were packed from early on yesterday ahead of West Ham’s final home game before they relocate after 112 years to the Olympic Stadium.
But the carnival atmosphere turned nasty as the United coach battled through throngs of fans.
Trouble erupted within sight of the stadium in Green Street, where West Ham fans began pelting the windows with bottles and glasses while a smoke canister was also set off, adding to the mayhem.
United’s blacked-out suffered minor damage.
As the driver manoeuvred his way through the car park gates, the coach was pelted with more bottles and other missiles – breaking and damaging the tinted windows.
It meant United’s players did not enter the ground until coach 7.15pm – just 45 minutes before kick-off. They then received a chorus of boos as they began their warm- up.
United manager Louis van Gaal looked visibly shaken and he blasted the yobs for his club’s hostile welcome.
He said: “The images tell everything. I have also seen the police were taping. It is not the first time I have seen that. It is not so nice. The way we have been received is not the proper way. This influences the players and that is a pity.”
United faced a £5,000 for their late show at Tottenham last month after their bus was stuck in the London traffic. On that occasion United were directed which route to take by police, but were then faced with a road bridge that was too low for their coach.
Amazingly West Ham co-owner David Sullivan pointed the finger at the visitors’ time-keeping for spoiling the party.
He said: “Manchester United know the score – they should have been here at four o’clock. They could have got here