Everyone enjoyed Joe Hart's cheeky explanation for his black eye

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Slaven Bilic was a bit short-handed against one of the world's most powerful attacks, but don't tell him it's okay that West Ham United fell 4-0 to Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.

"My feelings for Manchester City will never change, I'm eternally grateful to them as a football club.

I know the West Ham fans are going to be dying for us to play at home, so we need to put them in the right mood when that time does come".

There is something different about Joe Hart when he ducks out of the unwanted summer rain and into the press room at West Ham's training ground.

Not that Hart is desperate to comb through the wreckage of his relationship with Manchester City.

And Hernandez, who scored 59 goals in his time with United, is expecting a tough encounter when he walks out against his former club in the colours of West Ham.

"However, the most important thing is to score, I don't care about the celebration".

"I can not be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me". I want to play at the highest standard available to me.

"That's gone. I'm not part of that club anymore", says the 30-year-old when asked if he will be trying to prove a point to Guardiola this term. "I get hit in the face a lot and this is the first time it actually marked me". If going on loan is what needs to happen then for me that's fine.

"The other side of it is quite political with contracts and I respect that, and I respect my parent club". There's no point taking it too personally because it's not all about me. The game moves quickly and you've got two choices: you can moan about it, make smart comments and try to work out why it was done or you can just try and get on with it.

Hart has the confidence of Gareth Southgate, whose keenness to communicate with his national team players goes down well. He remained Southgate's first choice last season despite the upheaval he had undergone; one imagines it would take a severe downturn for Jack Butland, Fraser Forster or Tom Heaton - whose performances for Burnley last season he describes as "a miracle" - to dislodge him and he hopes a place at Russian Federation 2018 will be a natural effect of domestic success. "I'm very proud and very lucky that I can say that".

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