Such was his performance — he also scored the fifth goal — that fans bombarded the Etihad to express their admiration for the impish little matador.
Silva revealed to The Sun: "City received many messages of congratulations in the club offices. Never did I think that would happen.
"Now I am totally convinced it was the right decision to leave La Liga and join City.
"Real Madrid and Barcelona are definitely two great clubs but City believed in me and I'm very well here."