The Welshman, whoâ€™s played in 31 consecutive Manchester derbies, put the Reds in front on 17 minutesâ€¦ only to see former United striker Carlos Tevez turn round the deficit with a goal on either side of half-time.
â€śIt was the perfect start,â€ť Giggs told MUTV. â€śYou always want to go 1-0 up in a cup tie away from home. After that we probably werenâ€™t as crisp with our passing and kept playing the ball backwards. We let City back into it, really.â€ť
Cityâ€™s lifeline arrived courtesy of a dubious penalty. Rafael tugged at Craig Bellamyâ€™s shirt but contact appeared to be outside the box.
â€śWe felt we were a little unlucky to go into the break at 1-1,â€ť Giggs admitted, â€śbut we also knew we could play better.
â€ś[The penalty decision] was a turning point. If weâ€™d have gone in 1-0 up it might have been a different story. Sometimes you get decisions and sometimes you donâ€™t â€“ you just have to get on with it.â€ť
He added: â€śLast season we comprehensively beat Derby County in the second leg of the semi so hopefully we can do that again. Itâ€™s going to be tough â€“ City are a good team â€“ but there were enough signs â€“ especially in the last half-hour â€“ to suggest weâ€™re good enough to beat them.â€ť