On this day in 2016: West Ham beat Manchester United in the send-off at Upton Park

West Ham came from behind to beat Manchester United in the last game to be played at Upton Park on this day in 2016.

Headers from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid secured a 3-2 victory for the Hammers as they said goodbye to their home of 112 years before moving to the London Stadium.

Diafra Sakho had given the hosts the lead until Anthony Martial put United ahead with a brace in the second half.

The occasion was marred before kick-off when bottles were thrown at the Manchester United manager as he made his way to the ground.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a police officer and a member of the public were injured, and the Football Association launched an investigation.

Kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes but West Ham quickly emerged from the blocks and although the Red Devils rallied after the break, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic ultimately saw his team win and severely dented United’s hopes. to qualify for the Champions League.

“It’s a great night,” Bilic said. “It is our history and it is not just a game. It’s against them, (United) are fighting for Europe and everything, a night match, couldn’t be better.

“All the boxes you need to have a special kind of game, it was tonight. All the boxes were there, Man United, late night, thriller, five goals, so brilliant.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to blame the club’s manager for the pre-match attack as the reason for his team’s defeat.

“First of all, you can’t prove that (had an effect),” he said.

“It’s going to influence but I don’t think we have to look for excuses because we chased the game in the second half and 20 minutes before the end we’re up so I don’t think we have to look for that excuse.”

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