Olly Murs exclusive: Manchester United's strikers can hurt Manchester City

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Manchester United will be a different team going forward with Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao in the side, Olly Murs has exclusively told GiveMeSport

Murs, who is a Manchester United supporter, has insisted that the duo can cause Manchester City problems ahead of this weekend's derby showdown. Rooney and Falcao both missed the Red Devils' 1-1 draw with Premier League table-toppers Chelsea this past weekend, but are in contention to return against Manuel Pellegrini's side on Sunday. 

And, when speaking about the club's draw with Jose Mourinho's side, Murs has insisted that a point was well deserved for United after Dutchman Robin van Persie struck a dramatic late equaliser. 

Murs told GiveMeSport: "United did really well first half. Courtois obviously denied Van Persie. As much as Chelsea were growing in confidence and dictating play, a point was deserved. It said it all when Courtois was given man of the match. 

"It looked like we were organised well; we defended well. Everyone was expecting us to be getting completely trounced - we showed the United of old.

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"Against West Brom, we got a late goal. And obviously we got a late goal against Chelsea. We're showing the old United - going right to the wire. We weren't giving up, like we would have done last season. It's brilliant."

Rooney to star at the Etihad 

And now, with attentions turning to the derby fixture, Murs believes that the Red Devils can secure a positive result at the Etihad.

Murs continued by saying: "I'd like to think so, yeah. We've got time to plan for that game. Every Manchester United fan would agree that this is the one game we don't want to lose. We go there as underdogs; we know our negatives, but we know we can hurt teams. 

"City will be attacking, but if we can get a draw from the game then we will be delighted. But I'm confident that if we can get Falcao and Rooney back in the team then we will be a completely different side going forward. If we can get these two guys back on the pitch against City, then we're going to cause them problems." 

Murs has also insisted that club captain Wayne Rooney should start for the club if he's able to prove his fitness in time for the derby. 

"Rooney hasn't played for two weeks. He is the captain; it will be a massive boost to have him back in the team. He will be up for it. Personally, if he's fit and raring to go, then he's got to come back in for Mata in my opinion. 

"As much as Juan Mata is a really talented player, he feels a bit of a luxury, whereas Rooney isn't a luxury. He will get around. Wayne would always get my vote to get straight back into the team." 

Goals expected 

Murs is expecting Van Gaal to go with a 4-5-1 system at the Etihad, with versatile Dutchman Daley Blind starting alongside Marouane Fellaini in the middle of the park once again. He has, however, insisted that it's too early to bring 33-year-old Michael Carrick back into the side. 

When speaking about Carrick and the United system, Murs said: "No, not too soon. It could disrupt the way we will play. Daley Blind has got it down to a T. He will probably play Fellaini, di Maria and Blind. He will probably play Rooney, Falcao and Van Persie. We will probably play a 4-5-1, so it may even be Herrera with Fellaini in midfield." 

With the amount of attacking talent on the pitch, it's not surprising that Murs is expecting goals at the Etihad, as he finished by saying: "I think there will be goals. In a game that's got the likes of Aguero, Dzeko, Silva, Rooney, Falcao and Van Persie as well. With the talent on the pitch, there's definitely going to be goals. I'd probably take a draw. Id probably say a 2-2 draw."

Olly Murs releases his fourth album “Never Been Better” on November 24th.

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