Stoke, second-bottom in the table, showed lots of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, putting a high bouncing ball past advancing keeper Jack Butland after a swift exchange with Jesus.
Turns out City can do it on a wet, windy night on Stoke after all, and with minimal fuss.
Finally, City have gone goal-crazy this season, with their goal difference of 65 the same as United's points tally.
The Cape Town City head coach jetted off to the United Kingdom last weekend, as part of his UEFA Pro License course, where he watched arguably one of the best teams in Europe, Manchester City in action in one of the most elite European competitions. Guardiola praised the midfielder after another impressive performance when he worked just as hard off the ball as he on it.
Stoke also had a bit of success when they played more direct, with one long punt upfield from Jack Butland ending up with Kyle Walker, under pressure from Jesé Rodríguez, almost scoring a spectacular own goal.
The result edges them closer to their seemingly inevitable Premier League title triumph and restores their 16-point lead over United. If you look at Man Utd's team, in respect of individuals, I think they are great players and just as good as City's players.
"I've been away from the pitch for a long time because of my son's condition", Jese said. They are absolutely flawless when they attack, which means they are ideal when they defend. They are brilliant in their attacking, but also they are brilliant in their defending off the back of their attacking. But I " m certain people will return to see the best Jese".
Man City have now scored 85 Premier League goals this season - only 11 teams have ever scored more in a completed Premier League campaign.
"If you put the two sides up together and playing at their full capacity, that would be some game", the former Arsenal and England striker told The Debate.
"If they had gone through tonight into the last eight of the Champions League, sitting pretty in second place in the league, into the last eight of the FA Cup, it would be a fantastic season".