Although he was reserved, some might even say recalcitrant, when asked how he felt about taking his team to Old Trafford having had such a poor time there as a manager, there was a certain gleam in his steely blue eyes that hinted that he indeed DID have some very strong thoughts on the matter, but as is his way he chose to stone wall the questioning.
Hammers supporters of a certain age grew up with the understanding that when a game involving West Ham was labelled a 'six pointer', it was a reference to a game full of jeopardy in which the loser continues their perilous decent into the relegation zone.
Like Hammers pursuit of a striker is old news, David Moyes' pursuit of linking up with Jesse Lingard has been doing the rounds ever since the Manchester United attacking midfielder returned to Old Trafford following what was a largely successful loan spell at West Ham.
Remember Albian Ajeti, he who arrived at West Ham with a good pedigree from Swiss club Basel for £10.17 Million in 2019? He arrived as a goal scoring phenomena, but left with goal scoring pneumonia by transferring to Celtic at a £5.5 Million loss.
Ajeti's failure in the Premier League clearly indicates the gulf in difference between the English and Swiss Leagues, scoring for fun in the land of Toblerone and dodgy banks simply doesn't translate into anywhere near the fortitude required to survive the hustle and bustle of the most frenetic league in the World.
"Nothing to see here, now move on please" is the phrase much beloved of 'Coppers' in old black and white movies, as they attempt to move onlookers on from the scene of a crime. There have been so many column inches devoted to Jesse Lingard's departure from Manchester United that we are inclined to use the old copper's advice.
If ever there was an indication that the relationship between Jesse Lingard and Manchester United has reached its breaking point, Ralf Rangnick's decision to not even include Lingard in the Manchester United squad to play Brentord was surely more than a pointer that the midfielder will be on his way out of Old Trafford, BEFORE the end of the January window.
Probably NOT the news Hammers fans wanted to hear is that the 'preening one' himself, Christiano Ronaldo is aiming to be fit in order to play against West Ham this Saturday. Ronaldo has missed United's last few games and could be fit to face Brentford tonight, but it is doubtful he will be risked, instead he will be saved for Saturday.
On the one hand it is a pity not to have faced the Old Trafford team without Ronaldo, but on the other hand at least David Moyes WILL have Kurt Zouma and Tomas Soucek available as well as Aaron Cresswell, so on balance it is a better scenario.
If we had a pound for every time we have mentioned West Ham's need for a proper striker to give Mikey Antonio support and competition, we would already be a long way to being able to afford one of 'Arry's retirement Villas on the South Coast.
Perhaps Hammers fans are in denial when it comes to acquiring top players? The Haller and Anderson 'experience' having done little to enhance a feeling of bonhomie among fans AND club officials, so when news RE-EMERGED of Hammers 'interest' in Patrick Schick, it was greeted with a more than considerable scepticism.