The Spanish wizard is a derby veteran after spending more than eight years at the Etihad – but is still relishing Sunday's 177th showdown between the teams.
In Silva's first season at the Etihad, United finished nine points above their neighbours and won the title.
Yet last year, it was the blue half who lifted the trophy – leaving Jose Mourinho's men trailing by a whopping 19 points.
He reckons the tipping point was October 23, 2011 when City ran riot – with Silva himself scoring the fifth goal.
The 32-year-old recalled why United were top dogs when he arrived, saying: "As I said before, United commanded a lot of respect. They were doing things well.
"But I think it changed from when we won there 6-1 and the mentality changed a little bit that day.
"Now I think we are held in great esteem.
“You remember a bit about every derby you’ve played in.
"But that one, the result, and the fact that it was at United, the respect that United commanded in that period in time.
"That makes it one that will forever go down in history.”
Ironically City have played some 'Sixy' football this week – hitting both Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk for six.
Yet Silva says the derby tends to be a leveller – as United proved when they came to the Etihad and won in April.
Silva was speaking in his role as an ambassador for Anfi Group, he said: "Confidence is high but derby matches are different, one offs, we have to be at 100 per cent to make sure we get the result.
"Every derby is different, every season is different – you see that irrespective of where each team is.
"You saw what happened when they came here and won in April, we do it game by game."
Silva was speaking as he along with the Anfi Group took the warm summer sunshine to England.
The holiday company and their ambassador invited the people of Manchester to take part in a competition in where they had to show up in the Etihad Campus their most creative beach outfit.
David Silva is the Ambassador for Anfi Group. For special offers and latest news www.anfi.com
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