Silva is tipping his old teammate to push City and leaders Liverpool all the way in this season's title race.
“I could see a manager in him when he was here" said Silva. “He was an incredible player, a world-class player.
“The way he played, as well as his experience in football, now he transmits it to his players. He is showing it already, he is going to be a fantastic manager.
“He has clear ideas and he is doing very well. What matters is that he has been given the opportunity and he's making the most of it."