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Giggs in warning to Cats

RYAN GIGGS has warned Sunderland that Manchester United are due a change of fortune as they contemplate a League Cup semi-final fightback.

The 40-year-old Welshman, in particular, was out of luck on Wearside on Tuesday night as the Red Devils slipped to a 2-1 first-leg defeat, which leaves them with work to do when the sides meet again on January 22 to determine who will make the trip to Wembley.

Giggs rattled the bar with a deflected shot, denied Adnan Januzaj a third goal at the Stadium of Light this season with an unwitting block from an offside position and then bundled Wes Brown's cross into his own net, and all before the break.

However, he is confident the tie is far from over and is already eagerly anticipating a second crack at the Black Cats.

Giggs said: "We did not have that little bit of luck. I hit the crossbar and Adnan hit a shot against me when I was offside.

"On another day that, would have gone in or been given, but it just did not go for us. We will keep plugging away and we will look forward to the second leg. We are still in it and we look forward to it at Old Trafford."

Tom Cleverley's trip on substitute Adam Johnson – the midfielder appeared as horrified as his manager later revealed he was at referee Andre Marriner's decision, which was taken on the advice of assistant Peter Bankes – gave Fabio Borini the chance to smash home a 65th-minute penalty. Giggs said: "I thought both decisions were harsh. I thought the first one was a free-kick to us – but saying that, we still have got to defend the free-kick."