While Ferguson is urging caution, he also exudes the air of a man who believes a 10th Premier League crown will be his.
"We have not won anything yet but we hope we can win the league next week," said Ferguson.
"There was a bit of nervousness in our play at times but we killed the game in the second half to continue what has been a fantastic season so far."
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley refused to speak after the game but assistant Mervyn Day played down comments which seemed to suggest the Hammers boss wanted United to win the league in preference to Chelsea.
"He tried to qualify some of his comments," said Day. "He felt Manchester United would be unlucky if they did not win the league, given they have been so dominant.
"I don't think he said he wanted them to win.
"I know Alan thinks a lot of Sir Alex but that goes out the window when you cross the white line."