The picture which elevates Slaven Bilic to legend status at West Ham

West Ham United's thrilling victory over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park was significant in a number of ways.

The Hammers have impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places this season.

As well as taking a number of notable scalps home and away, including a historic treble over Liverpool,  Slaven Bilic has reinvigorated the East Londoners and with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers are playing the 'West Ham way' once more.

The Irons have officially enjoyed their best ever season in the Premier League era and have a positive goal difference for the first time since 1986.

Bilic also masterminded a fitting and thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park last time out.

The club makes the big move from the Boleyn Ground to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium in the summer with the future looking bright.

Picture that seals Bilic's legend status

But that farewell match at the Hammers' beloved home of 112 years had added significance for fans after pictures emerged of their much-loved manager on the pitch at the final whistle.

Overcome with emotion, the former Croatia manager - who played for the Hammers back in the 90s - was in tears.

Bilic immediately entered West Ham folklore there and then.

To the best of my knowledge he is the first manager I have seen cry for his team, certainly publicly.

The images have touched the hearts of Hammers fans and if the football they have seen and results they have enjoyed this season hadn't already, then that night and those tears have sealed Bilic's status as a true club legend now.

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