Speaking after his side’s thrilling 3-2 win on Tuesday night, West Ham captain Mark Noble said that beating Manchester United in the Boleyn Ground’s last ever match was written in the stars.
With both sides chasing a European-placed finish, the Hammers came from 2-1 down to win 3-2, courtesy of Diafra Sakho, Michail Antonio and Winston Reid – the latter scoring the stadium’s final goal.
Anthony Martial’s brace was not enough for the Red Devils, who now face the prospect of missing out on a place in the top four for the second time in three seasons.
“We fought hard, they are a great team, Manchester United, they make the pitch so big, they make you run a lot. I’m just so proud of the players. Tonight they were phenomenal,” said Noble, a local boy who has been at the club since he was 16.
“With this team this season, I don’t ever feel like we are ever going to lose, apart from Saturday when we were 4-2 down with two minutes to play, but we have just got that spirit that we are never out of the game.
“Going 2-1 down to Manchester United is always tough and years gone by we would have lost that game but tonight, as I said, I think it was written in the stars for this fantastic place.”