Rather than shy away from the glare of publicity following confirmation he will leave Everton for Old Trafford at the beginning of July, Moyes elected to face it head on.
That he did so with such dignity and humility says much about the character of the 50-year-old Scot, who will shortly be catapulted into the most high-pressured sporting situation of all.
Every word was delivered with the raw emotion of a man preparing to leave behind a place he loves.
But he does so without an ounce of regret, for the chance of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was simply not something he could refuse.
"Things have developed very quickly," said Moyes.
"It was a whirlwind and it would be completely wrong to say it was done a month ago.
"Everton Football Club is such an important thing for me. But as for turning the job down. if I am being honest, I have to say no."
It means 11 years after moving onto Merseyside from Preston, Sunday's Premier League encounter with West Ham will be Moyes' last as Toffees boss at Goodison Park.