By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Wayne Rooney has accused West Ham fans of “smashing up” the Manchester United team bus on its journey to Upton Park on Wednesday night.

The kick-off for the last-ever competitive match at the stadium was delayed by 45 minutes after United struggled to get to the ground.

There were first-hand reports of the United coach being pelted with missiles as it made its way to the Boleyn Ground for the final time.

The clash between West Ham and United was subsequently delayed until 8.30pm after being originally scheduled to start at 7.45pm.

England and United skipper Wayne Rooney was among the visiting squad on the bus and he painted a vivid picture of what it was like for the players and the staff.

“It wasn’t nice,” Rooney told the BBC’s Match of the Day programme. “The coach got smashed up, but we’re here now, so have to prepare for the game and go out and do our job.

“I’m sure you’ll see the images. That’s not for me to say, but I think it was disappointing of course. We know it’s a big game for West Ham, big night for them, leaving the stadium, but I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”

Due to the delays, the United coach did not arrive to the ground until 7.10pm, just 35 minutes before kick-off in east London.

Louis van Gaal’s side will climb to fourth place in the Premier League ahead of rivals Manchester City if they defeat West Ham on Tuesday night.

In other West Ham news, the club have made a move to sign one of Arsenal’s star players.