Jesse Lingard shared footage of his fellow teammates of Manchester United cowering in their team bus as the bus was attacked by West Ham fans before Tuesday’s evening’s Premier League match.
The Hammers’ bid farewell to their historic home stadium Boleyn ground with a 3-2 victory but the occasion was spoiled by ugly scenes outside of the stadium as United’s bus was targeted by West Ham fans which delayed 19.45 kick-off until 20.30.
United youngster Lingard posted a video clip of him and his teammates including Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial, and Adnan Januzaj, ducking for cover between the aisles through social media. Among all those, defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was the only player who didn’t move from his seat seemed he was untroubled by the chaos surrounding him.
Pictures showed that the outer tinted glass of United bus was smashed and riot police trying to shield the dented bus. Four male police officers and a member of the public got minor injuries and no-one had been arrested for the incident involving the bus, confirmed by Met Police.
However, there were further trouble during the match and three men were arrested, who had been taken to an east London police station for questioning.
After United’s arrival at the stadium, referee Mike Dean and officials allowed Louis van Gaal’s side to do their usual preparation and agreed to delay the kick-off time by 45minutes.
Captain Wayne Rooney revealed to Sky Sports that the team coach had been attacked. He said: ‘It wasn’t nice, obviously the coach was smashed up but we’re here now’. I’m, sure you’ll see the images so it’s not for me to say but obviously, it was disappointing. It’s a big night for West Ham with leaving the stadium but I’m sure they’ll be disappointed with what the fans have done. What do I have to tell? The images will tell everything because I saw that the police was also taping’.
Rooney also added: ‘It’s a lot of emotion for the people. For us, it’s the second time in London that we have to start later. We have more co-operation because we have received our usual preparation time. It’s not the first time that I’ve seen this. It’s not so nice but it’s part of the job. The way that we’ve been received is not the proper way and that influences the players, which is a pity. There is a lot of emotion with the players. I try to use it (as motivation) but it’s not always possible’.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan regretted the incident as he said: ‘I’m gravely disappointed. More for our supporters who have got trains to get home. We have a wonderful show for them after the game and many can’t stay.’
Though he blamed United at the same time by saying: ‘Man United should have got here at 4pm, they know it’s our last game. The same thing happened to them at Tottenham a few weeks ago.’
‘The police and officials have been kind. I would make them kick off at 7.45pm if it was up to me’, he added.
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