Wayne Rooney has criticised the West Ham supporters after they “smashed up” the Manchester United coach as it made its way into the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night.
Kick-off in the Premier League fixture - West Ham’s final match at their iconic home stadium - was delayed by 45 minutes following United’s late arrival.
Footage recorded by fans and journalists outside the stadium showed the visiting team’s coach being pelted with bottles, with some of the blacked-out windows smashing as a result.
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“It wasn’t nice,” Rooney said on Sky Sports before the match. “The coach got smashed up, but we’re here now, so have to prepare for the game and go out and do our job.”
Asked how ugly it got outside Upton Park, Rooney added: “I’m sure you’ll see the images. That’s not for me to say, but I think it was disappointing of course.
“We know it’s a big game for West Ham, 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.”
Video: United's coach is 'smashed up'
Van Gaal: The images tell everything
Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, was quoted as saying by BBC Sport: "What do I have to tell? The images tell everything. I have seen also the police were taping. It is also a lot of emotions for people but for us it is the second time in London we have to start later. It is better than last time because we have received our preparation time.
"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 of course. That makes all the influence on the players and that is a pity."
Sullivan: Kick off shouldn't have been delayed
West Ham chairman David Sullivan, also speaking on Sky Sports, didn’t exactly sympathise with Manchester United.
“I’m disappointed, more for our supporters,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “People have got trains and buses to get home.
“We have a wonderful show for them and many can’t stay.
“Manchester United know it’s our last game. The police and officials have been kind. I would make them kick-off at 7.45pm. It’s such a pity.”
Once he sees the footage of the Manchester United coach being pelted with bottles, we wonder if Sullivan might change his tune.
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