Pedersen revels in new role

Published Nov. 23, 2010 7:18 a.m. ET

The Norwegian enjoyed a productive start to his career at Blackburn, giving Premier League defences nightmares as he menacingly patrolled the left flank. His standards did slip at one stage, though, seeing him fall down the pecking order at Ewood Park and putting his future at the club in doubt. He has, however, bounced back stronger and has been in scintillating form over recent weeks. Pedersen insists his resurgence is down to hard work and belief in his own ability and hopes he can continue to lead from the front for the remainder of the campaign. "I'm playing in a different position now, more central rather than out wide as I played five years ago," he said in the Daily Mirror. "I know I took a step back at one point, but sometimes you need to take a step back in order to take two forward and I feel I've done that. "It's going well for me and that's five goals in five games if you include the international match last Wednesday. "It's hard to say what has happened, but I worked hard to turn things round. Now what happened with me is history and I'm only looking forward. Now I'm really looking forward to that next game at United." Pedersen has previous when it comes to facing Manchester United, with his deadly double in a Premier League meeting in 2005 helping Blackburn to record their first success at Old Trafford in 43 years. He is hoping for more of the same when he renews acquaintances with the Red Devils on Saturday and believes Rovers' recent form suggests they are capable of springing another upset at the Theatre of Dreams. "People remind me of that day in 2005 all the time and want to talk about it," said Pedersen. "It's one of my biggest ever days on a football pitch - probably the biggest. "That showed it's not impossible for us to go there and get points off them. The league is so tight it's unbelievable and lots of strange results are happening. We've beaten Aston Villa so that means we can fully focus on going to United. "It would be great to do something like that again or, if not, do some other good things from the position I play now."