Slaven Bilic hails West Ham after United victory: 'This ground deserved a farewell result like that'
Emotional West Ham manager Slaven Bilic declared that his team had given the club’s Boleyn Ground a fitting send off, as a thrilling 3-2 win against Manchester United fired the Hammers a giant step closer to a place in next season’s Europa League.
Winston Reid’s late winner secured a victory that put a severe dent in United’s hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League, with Bilic in tears at the final whistle as he toasted a special night in east London.
"This ground deserved a farewell result like that,” said the Hammers boss. “We knew it was going to be a great night but there was a lot of pressure because we didn't want to lose. To win against Manchester United is not easy. We were simply unbelievable. The stadium deserves this kind of farewell.
"It was big pressure for us. We have had a great season and I told the guys however it finished in the last few games it has been a great season for West Ham.
"We were under pressure still, we didn't want to lose our last game. We just wanted to win it and this was a win of character.
"We didn't stop believing. We knew they were highly motivated because they could have leapt above Manchester City. 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."
Slaven Bilic is the first manager to lead West Ham to a PL win v Man Utd since Alan Curbishley in Dec 2007 pic.twitter.com/UQZWCjaq6d
Meanwhile, Hammers midfielder Mark Nobel suggested the dramatic final game at the Boleyn Ground provided his side with the motivation to secure all three points.
"I think it was written in the stars to be honest,” he stated. “We scored three fantastic goals. We showed pure determination and a will not to lose.”
West Ham will now secure their place in next season's Europa League if they can beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.