2nd April, 2012
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has already scored twice against Manchester United this season, but tonight he wants a hat-trick.
The Blackburn striker’s double inspired Rovers to a stunning 3-2 win at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve.
His heroics then were the highlight of what has been a fine first term at Ewood Park. But he has warned leaders United he has plenty more goals left in him.
Yakubu said: “Scoring against United is always special, they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. To score two that day at Old Trafford was a great feeling. You always want to be at your best when you play the biggest clubs.
“But I always think I can score, no matter which club I am playing against.
“Whenever I get the ball I believe I can score.
“After I get my first goal I always feel I can go on and get a second. That’s what happened at Old Trafford. Maybe I can do it again, to go one better and get a hat-trick against United. That would be great for me.”
Yakubu’s £1.5million move from Everton in August almost went under the radar.
And the 29-year-old has been a shining light in Rovers’ traumatic season.
Yakubu, who has 15 goals, said: “I want to score more than 20 goals in a season. To score more than 20 in the Premier League is always a great achievement.”
Champions United have not won at Ewood for the last two seasons and Yakubu warns Rovers can cause another upset.
He said: “The league will be a fight to the end. City won’t just give away the title.
“United could drop points at any time.
“Already this season we have won some games people did not expect us to win.”
Yakubu was on loan at Leicester last term and credits Rovers boss Steve Kean for saving his career.
He said: “Steve Kean gave me the opportunity to come back to the Premier League, “He allowed me to prove what I can do — and I have to thank him for that.”