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Delayed kick-off did not impact West Ham result says Man Utd boss

Louis van Gaal has denied suggestions that his Manchester United team were affected by the delayed kick-off time at West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Unruly behaviour from a small minority of the Hammers fans outside Upton Park forced the match by about 45 minutes, interrupting the visiting side's preparation.

West Ham led 1-0 after 10 minutes when Diafra Sakho scored but Anthony Martial had the Red Devils 2-1 ahead by the 72nd minute having netted a second-half brace.

However, late headers from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid won it for the home side, who saw off the Boleyn Ground with a fairytale ending, which van Gaal could not begrudge.

When asked if the scenes outside disadvantaged his players, van Gaal replied: "As a professional we live in this world.

"We know it can happen so we have to cope with that. Twenty minutes from the end we were 2-1 ahead so I don't think that was an influence."

Andrew Slevison
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