After United's bus was pelted with missiles en route to the ground, they came from behind to lead 2-1 as Anthony Martial's brace negated Diafra Sakho's 10th-minute opener for West Ham.

But Michail Antonio equalised before centre-back Winston Reid smuggled a header past visiting goalkeeper David de Gea in the 80th minute to bring the 2,398th and final game at West Ham's Boleyn Ground home to a crashing crescendo.

United manager Louis van Gaal said that the pre-match scenes had affected his younger players, saying, "It's not the first time that it happens, but I have a long experience in football. There are players who don't have experience”.

"It shall have an influence, but I don't think we have to look for excuses."

The result left United in fifth place in the Premier League and means that they can only pip Manchester City to fourth place if they win at home to Bournemouth on Sunday and City lose at Swansea City.

That unlikely scenario confronts the under-pressure Van Gaal with the unwanted consolation of a Europa League berth, although his side also face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was left to celebrate a first league win over United in 15 attempts, which took West Ham back above Southampton and into a Europa League slot.
"We didn't stop believing," Bilic told Sky Sports before dashing off for an on-pitch ceremony involving several former club greats.
"We totally deserved it. It was a great night. It is history, not just a game. It is against them, fighting for Europe, late-night game. All the boxes you need for a special type of game was tonight."

But while the manner of victory was a fitting send-off for the 112-year-old ground, ahead of West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium, it was marred by pre-match scenes that saw the United bus struck with cans and bottles.

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