Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall pitch up at the Etihad for Manchester Derby and give interview to Sky

When Tom Cruise was talked into watching today's Manchester derby by his great friend David Beckham - it looked like a Mission Impossible to get there in time.

With a full diary of filming for his new movie 'All You Need Is Kill' down in Hertfordshire and a series of London red carpet premieres to grace, Cruise needed to pull out all the stops to get to the stellar Premier League game. 

So he chartered a private helicopter to transport him and veteran actor Robert Duvall 200 miles up to Manchester for the big game between City and United.

Cruise, 50, was apparently buzzing at the prospect of watching the clash of the Premier League's top two, which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.

He also talked 81-year-old Duvall into joining him and the pair were interviewed live on Sky Sports before kick-off.

Cruise said he had been in love with the game since watching it in the 80s, while Duvall claimed he always watched the World Cup.

'This is the first game that I've seen in England,' he said on Sky Sports One.

'I've been following it since the eighties so I'm just excited that I'm able to be here.'

He revealed the former England captain had sent him a message ahead of the game.

'He wishes he was here. I got an email from him, he's jealous that I'm here,' Cruise added.

Apocalypse Now actor Robert Duvall was also at the game, but appeared to be a little rusty on the rules.

He said: 'Will there be a shootout today? No. If it's a tie? No.'

As for a prediction for the match, Duvall said it was too close to call - 'You could flip a coin,' he said.

with Sky's Geoff Shreeves

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