Nonetheless, with Silva and his men preparing to welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, speculation continues to surround the Watford manager's future.
The Hornets have been a touch disappointing on home soil this season, however, and with United desperate for all three points due to City's run, the Red Devils should just about sneak past Silva's team on the night.
"Of course I love going back there".
"Our relationship is very good". They were also good against us.
If seeing off Brighton at home was the hardest match of United's season how will Jose Mourinho's side fare at a ground where they were humbled 3-1 last season? It took a fortuitous Lewis Dunk own goal for United to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday and they had paid for their profligacy in a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel on their previous outing.
Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina global could be protected.
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The Buckeyes added onto their lead with a 44-yard field goal from Sean Nuernberger with 10:21 to play in the fourth quarter. After being treated in the locker room, Barrett returned the sideline wearing a warm-up jacket and without his helmet on.
The 36-year-old has made three substitute appearances from the bench since returning from a serious knee injury, while Paul Pogba played his first 90 minutes against Brighton after almost 10 weeks out with a hamstring injury.
"Against Watford [last season], I was very upset with their first goal after someone put Martial in the hospital and the referee let it go", said the manager.
"Before the match we will see each other, sure, and after the match starts, I want to win and he wants to win as well".
Alongside the Frenchman, summer signing Nemanja Matic should assume his duties as the anchorman in the midfield for United.
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"I am not happy with that, but (against Brighton) we scored one and one goal was enough for the three points". They haven't lost three successive league away games since January 1996.