Meanwhile, Eliaquim Mangala being sat alongside Bravo conjured memories of another of City's many forgotten men.
What Pep Guardiola has really bought himself is options, with three debutants in the starting XI and a further 206 million pounds' worth of talent on the bench. Silva posted a 93% pass success rating.
The last time Brighton played a home top-flight game, back in 1983, Manchester City were also the visitors.
When and how to employ the pair may define Guardiola's season.
"We have to learn to attack better", Guardiola said. Lahm, Alaba and, to an extent, Dani Alves, were all adept at tucking inside and could operate nearly as playmakers: Mendy, Walker and Danilo are not like that at all. Antonio Conte, fairly clearly, is not happy that he has been sold, and the Serbian was probably United's best player in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday. I assure you that because last season we finished contract of five, six players, and for six years Manchester City hadn't bought full-backs. They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference. Being at one club for eight, nine years it's a big change for me but I'm enjoying my football.
Dressed rather like an American college student in beige pants, a black top and white pumps, he cut a relaxed figure on the touchline, knowing, perhaps, that there would be tougher tests ahead.
"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start". "We were stable but we have to try to improve".
"It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week".
Lewis Dunk's own-goal soon after gave City a comfortable margin of victory in an opening weekend that has seen Arsenal concede three at home to Leicester, Liverpool draw at Watford and champions Chelsea lose to Burnley.