Although team-mate Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah are thought to be the frontrunners, Silva's nomination and form are made all the more remarkable given the hard time he has had in his family life.
"It is one title and we are all delighted but there is a lot more to do to unlock our full potential".
The pinnacle of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal reign remains the "Invincibles" - only the second team to go through an English top-flight season without losing a single game after Preston's unbeaten feat in 1889.
City captain Vincent Kompany was watching the match with his family, including his United supporting father-in-law, and the club sent someone round ready to broadcast the scenes on the off chance that United slipped up.
But they moved within touching distance of the title in the 72nd minute.
While it may be premature to place City in that rarified air, they could make a case by breaking the Premier League points record of 95 set by Chelsea in 2004-05. City's away winning run stretched from May 21 to December 27 and ended with a 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace.
It's a Raheem Sterling goal which puts the Blues behind, before Gabriel Jesus nets in the second half to finish the game as a contest. I have been lucky to win three but so many I have missed as well. "We did not deserve to lose, we gave them opportunity to win the match".
Lampard nets his victor in the 32nd minute from the edge of the box (where else?) and Chelsea frustrate City for the rest of the game.
It's for that reason that they beat their rivals again in this mini-league.
A far more frenetic game occurs in the rematch between 2007/08 United and 2017/18 City.
More consistent, calmer and never more effective, De Bruyne sits as one of two attacking playmakers alongside Silva in Guardiola's 4-3-3 - given the bold and varied use of his full-backs, this is effectively a 2-3-2-3 in possession, the like of which the Premier League has never seen before.
Guardiola's magic comes from a mix of relentless work on the training ground and intensive study of his opponents.
"We've won you the league, Manchester City, we've won you the league", sang West Brom's fans near the end of the game. The 23-year-old will head to the World Cup on the back of the most prolific season of his career, with a penchant for injury-time winners amid some still erratic finishing.
With that in mind, who would win this hypothetical division?
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