The victory maintained City's eight-point lead over second-placed United ahead of next week's Manchester derby at Old Trafford. I understand. I am not judging but it is hard.
"Arguably we had the best chances in the first half".
"I would like that Paul could play against us".
"He was uncomfortable in the last minutes after the goal", Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday.
Since Guardiola's taken charge of the side their relationship has been on and off. "If we can take something about the Fergie time, it is welcome, a pleasure".
"For the respect of Shakhtar, for the respect of Napoli, for the respect of the competition and because it's a big opportunity to win 18 points for the prestige of the club".
West Ham manager David Moyes, on his part, said: "I have to say it was a really good effort".
"I don't mind him admitting it but the fact that he booked me and can't get it rescinded, I'll miss the next game", he said. "But we got a point and need to look forward now".
His team sit 19th in the table, with Chelsea and Arsenal their next opponents, but the Scot is refusing to repeat the overly pessimistic tone he struck at Sunderland. My feeling was I thought we deserved it (to equalise).
"Teams come to the Etihad now and defend so deep to try to frustrate, but I wish them all the best and hope they can win a lot of trophies at the end of the season".
"At the end of the day it is a defeat, we don't get any points, so I can not be happy, zero", he said.
As for the pragmatic approach he sent the team out with, Moyes made no apology.
"I really want the football to be attacking, but we are playing against a team that we can hardly get the ball so what are you going to do?" Not for the first time lately, a set-piece proved City's undoing as Ogbonna rose following a short corner to power in a header from an Aaron Cresswell cross.
The Swedish giant is considered by many as one of the most complete strikers the game has ever witnessed, as success followed him everywhere he went and he only stumbled during his spell with the Blaugrana.
Fernandes has played a bit-part role for West Ham thus far, but that is surely about to change, raising more questions over the long-term future of Noble at the London Stadium.