West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has apologised to Manchester United following the attack of their team bus prior to the clash between the two sides on Tuesday.
Ahead of West Ham’s last ever game at Upton Park, the home side’s supporters damaged Man United’s team bus by throwing bottles.
Sullivan initially criticised the decision to delay kick-off due to the incident but it appears he has changed his viewpoint after seeing evidence of the attack.
“I want to apologise to Manchester United for that damage and assure them that we will be doing all we can to track down those responsible and ban them for life,” Sullivan said.
“This morning I have already tasked my senior team to work with the police to identify them as their behaviour belongs in the past and not in a future that promises so much for our great club. I truly hope that in due course we will look back on what happened in the stadium rather than what happened outside and remember our farewell to the Boleyn for all the right reasons.”
On the pitch, United went 2-1 up thanks to a brace from Anthony Martial but late goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid won it for the Hammers.
The result means that United are now relying on Swansea City to beat fourth-placed Manchester City on the final day if they are to stand any chance of securing Champions League qualification.
It is a dire state of affairs for Louis van Gaal’s side and the attack on the bus can be no excuse for the poor performance. United do have an FA Cup final on the horizon but van Gaal has failed at practically every hurdle over the course of the campaign and it is clear that he must be moved on if the club are to become successful once again.