The Spanish midfielder was comfortable playing out wide during the first half in a 4-4-2 formation, and also during the second half when Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini decided to bring on an extra midfielder in place of the relatively ineffective Dzeko.
Silva almost opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes, latching on to a ball played into him in the box and from 16 yards out he placed his effort beyond Stekelenburg in the Fulham goal, only to see the ball crash off the crossbar and away to safety.
That effort only seemed to galvanize Manchester City’s number 21, and it was he who won the freekick for the opening goal. Receiving the ball 25 yards from goal, Silva was sandwiched as he attempted to move closer to the goal. Yaya Toure took the resulting freekick, firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Silva’s attacking play didn’t stop there. The midfielder made three key passes, had two shots on goal - a defence splitting through-ball - and assisted in one of the goals. The Spanish international was equally impressive when retaining the ball, making 79 touches with a pass success rate of 85%
Manchester City fans around the country will be hoping of a repeat performance from the man with the Midas Touch on Boxing Day against Liverpool.
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