Pedersen almost quit Rovers
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Morten Gamst Pedersen almost quit Blackburn after Graeme Souness left the club.
Morten Gamst Pedersen almost quit Blackburn after Graeme Souness left for Newcastle.
Souness quit Ewood Park just three days after signing the Norwegian and he subsequently found himself being given the cold shoulder by his new boss.
Mark Hughes believed that Pedersen was not strong enough to handle the rigors of Premiership football, although the former Tromso man refused to accept defeat.
He admits that he did briefly consider quitting the club but, thanks in no small part to the intervention of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and John Arne Riise, he decided to stay and force his way into Hughes's plans.
"Ole and John Arne both told me to keep going," he said. "I have always looked up to Ole especially. I always supported United when I was growing up in Norway."
It would now seem that Pedersen has sailed clear of the doldrums, with Spurs keeping close tabs on his progress at Ewood Park.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he had indeed passed up on the opportunity of signing Pedersen earlier in his career, saying: "Before he went to Blackburn, we saw him play and had good reports about him.
"But we decided he wasn't what we wanted at the time."
That could change if the striker continues his present form, however, and he will be hoping to make United pay for passing him over by dumping them out of the Carling Cup when they meet Rovers in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
Pedersen knows that there will be no better platform on which to showcase his talents, although he insists he is fully focused on improving his game with Blackburn.
"If Tottenham think I am doing something right, that's good for me," he continued. "I know, though, that I can be a better player. And I want to be a better player here at Blackburn.
"Hopefully I'll make the headlines again on Wednesday."