David Silva’s double puts clinical Manchester City in sight of the title

It promises to be an enjoyable five-day break in the sun for Manchester City’s players, who boarded their flight to Abu Dhabi last night enjoying the view from the top of the Premier League, 16 points clear of Manchester United once again, and safe in the knowledge that they can wrap up the title against their neighbours on 7 April if they win at Everton the weekend before.

Pep Guardiola’s side must feel like they are within touching distance of that crown after David Silva delivered another masterclass to enable City to register their 26th league victory of the season and deepen Stoke’s relegation worries in the process. Returning to the starting lineup after being allowed compassionate leave to spend time with his wife in Spain, where the couple’s prematurely born son continues to receive medical attention, Silva scored two splendid goals and was a joy to watch throughout.

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