Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has warned Sunderland to expect a backlash when they visit Old Trafford for their Capital One Cup semi-final on January 22nd.
Sunderland will go into the game at Old Trafford with a 2-1 aggregate lead, after Fabio Borini’s second half penalty cancelled out Nemaja Vidic’s equaliser. The Black Cats had earlier taken the lead through a Ryan Giggs own goal, and the 40-year old was also unfortunate to hit the woodwork with a deflected shot as well as unwittingly blocking a goalward bound shot from Adnan Januzaj.
According to Giggs, the scoreline could have been very different if it weren’t for the Reds’ bad luck. “We did not have that little bit of luck. I hit the crossbar and Adnan hit a shot against me when I was offside,” the Welshman said. “On another day that would have gone in or been given, but it just did not go for us.”
Despite the defeat, which was United’s third in a week, Giggs felt that there were some positives to come out of the game and he is confident that, if they perform in the same way again then they will be able to turn the tie around at Old Trafford.
“We were quite happy with our performance. We felt we did enough to at least get a draw,” he said.”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,” he said.
Fans betting on soccer know Manchester United’s poor run of results can’t continue for much longer; they have far too much quality and experience to continue losing winnable games, and will surely overpower Sunderland in the second leg.
Before then the Reds face Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday and, if David Moyes can encourage a response from his team, then the latest Premier League betting indicates that the Swans could be on the end of the long-awaited backlash.