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David Silva turns on the style with vintage performance as Man City hit five past Newcastle – Andy Dunn

If it turns out to be his last goal at the Etihad, it was suitably exquisite.

A free-kick not so much struck as persuaded, not fired but finessed.

Martin Dubravka should have done better but maybe he was just admiring one of the most mesmerising of left foots, as fans the length and breadth of the country have done for a decade.

Manchester City still have a couple of home matches remaining and he might reproduce the sort of moment that produced City’s fourth in this bloodless victory.

But as the clock ticks down on his beautiful career in England, there was just a touch of poignancy about David Silva’s hit and his performance. It was vintage.

David Silva was in stunning form for Manchester City against Newcastle

He will be missed by City, he will be missed by the game on these shores.

This was a stroll but no-one strolls with more panache than Silva, whether it be in providing Gabriel Jesus with his first goal in 10 appearances or helping Raheem Sterling pop in his 14th Premier League goal of the season.

Those goals topped and tailed a City performance that was as routine as one of those Silva assists.

The only concern for Pep Guardiola came when Danny Rose cut through Kevin Fe Bruyne in the dying moments and left the Belgian limping and furious.

But Guardiola said: “I was trembling, it was scary but a bit later he made a run so, hopefully, ok. I didn’t see him after the game but the doctor has not come to me to say anything.”

Silva of Manchester City scores his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League win

De Bruyne had collected another assist when Riyad Mahrez used his cut-back to double City’s first half lead and, after the break, a Federico Fernandez own goal put an end to any fanciful idea that a meaningful contest might yet emerge on a dank evening.

The stage was then left for Silva and his free-kick and final assist.

Guardiola said: “David is a huge competitor. Playing in those small spaces, he is a fantastic footballer. He played really,  really good.

“In the last two games, the level he is having is the best of his season.

Raheem Sterling was also on target in the routine win

“He is coming back to make the final game in front of the fans (a testimonial as yet unconfirmed) because he is a legend. He leads by example.”

Steve Bruce could say little other than to bemoan some absentees and admit his Newcastle team were comprehensively beaten by the better team.

And no-one was better than Silva who, as he left the field, was embraced by Phil Foden, the pair with matching smiles.

Foden, of course, has long been since as the heir apparent.

If he turns out to be half as good as Silva, he will still be some player.



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