City closed to within seven points of leaders United thanks to their 1-0 win over Wigan on Saturday.
Now they can forget about their pursuit of a Champions League place for a couple of weeks as they attempt to secure a passage into the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Dynamo Kiev and reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 30 years by overcoming Reading next Sunday.
It is not a bad position for a club who always appear to be on the brink of a crisis, the latest coming because of Kolo Toure's failed drugs test. And Silva is confident City are only taking the first steps on the path to glory.
"There is a lot more to come," said the Spain international. "It is difficult because it has been a lot of people's first season here. It is hard to gel and come together as a unit in that short space of time.
"But we have proved we are becoming more of a proper side and the more we play together the better we will become."