It is fair to say that he will be a lot busier when City head to Bayern Munich in midweek but he dealt with everything Everton threw at him neatly enough.
A defensive rock for City and his attack-minded colleagues should have thrown caution to the wind more often because nothing looked likely to get past their skipper.
Solid show from the England defender but he had precious few opportunities to show his international class as City dominated possession
Failed to provide his team with a high-quality attacking dimension that City badly needed to give the subdued Silva a helping hand in the first half and break down a team that defended in numbers.
A classy performance augurs well for his future because the Frenchman seems to have settled in to his new surroundings in no time at all. Just needs to improve his shooting.
He will end up having nightmares tonight about Rodwell because the England-Under 21 star hardly left his side throughout but stuck to his task and saw a shot smack against Howard's post as City raced through gears before setting up Milner's decisive goal.
Flattered to deceive. Plenty of nice touches but no end product from the French international who repeatedly found himself overcrowded in the final third.
Unable to impose himself in midfield trenches and his frustration boiled over when he was foolishly booked for reckless foul on Seamus Coleman midway through first half just when his side were gathering momentum.
It might have taken him a while to get going but when he did rouse himself City suddenly raised their game collectively as he prodded and probed to wear Everton down.
Chances were always going to be few and far between and the Bosnian failed to capitalise on two decent openings in the first half and paid the price by being hauled off in favour of Super Mario on the hour.
City's biggest threat, the Argentine went close early on after wrong-footing a handful of defenders with sumptuous foot-work and then left holding head in hands as Howard clawed away a curling effort. Not his day.
Made sure his defence kept him well protected and pulled off brilliant full-stretch save that denied Aguero midway through the first half.
Rode his luck early on when Dzeko failed to capitalise on miscued header but overcame early shakiness to repeatedly thwart the Bosnian with a solid display but booked late on for crude foul on Balotelli.
He must curse Ashley Cole because the former Wigan left-back again looked every inch an international with an accomplised performance in attack and defence.
Defensive masterclass from City old boy who hardly put a foot wrong at the heart of David Moyes' defence and seemed to win every header going. Magnifique.
They might not spend too much money at Everton but this polished display showed that they know a bargain when they see one because he only cost £60,000 from Sligo Rovers but outshone several multi-million pound signings.
Trademark stuff from Hibbert who was sound at the back despite being targeted by Mancini as Everton's weak link.
He has not scored this season and the way he played he may have to wait a long time for a goal because he was a peripheral figure.
They say you're only booed if you're a good player and the way this imperious midfielder was heckled by City fans said it all but he could have been sent off early on for hand-ball just after bringing down Silva. Tired after the break.
Never lets anyone of an Everton persuasion down thanks to his neat and tidy play but found himself worn down by City's territorial advantage.
Relishing his man-to-man marking job on Silva and refused to be put off by an early booking for a clumsy challenge on the Spaniard.
Whatever happened to the real Tim Cahill? His search for his first Everton goal of the year ended in frustration as he cut a lonesome figure in attack but came close in nodding over Coleman's cross.
- C. Pantilimon
- 5 P. Zabaleta
- 13 A. Kolarov
Sent into battle in closing stages in place of Nasri as Mancini moved to safeguard lead but cleared off line in stoppage time to frustrate Fellaini and preserve a clean sheet.
Came on midway through the second half and put in a typically high-energy performance and made point to Mancini with smartly-taken goal after being teed up by Silva.
Super Mario by name, supersub by nature, the Italian made an instant impact after being sent on by Mancini in place of Dzeko with a cracking winner and his second goal in four days and but for Howard's heroics would have had another late on.
- 32 C. Tévez
- 1 J. Mucha
- 5 J. Heitinga
It can't have been easy for the Dutchman because City were in full flow when he took to the stage and there was little he could do to change things
- 7 D. Bilyaletdinov
- 11 D. Stracqualursi
He was a super sub last week but this time the Greek failed to make much of an impression.
He may have patched up his differences with manager David Moyes but he failed to play his way back into the Scot's good books in an uneventful second-half cameo.