Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed the return of midfield veteran Paul Scholes.
The 37-year-old playmaker was a surprise inclusion on the substitutes bench in last weekend's 3-2 FA Cup victory over Manchester City, coming out of retirement to bolster the Red Devils' ranks in the New Year.
And, after scoring the opening goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, 74-year-old Scholes was quick to continue the tributes to Scholes.
"I have been more upbeat since I heard about Paul Scholes returning to the squad. It is one of the best pieces of news I have ever had," Charlton told United Review magazine.
"He is a sensational footballer and we are very lucky to have him. Maybe the one thing Sir Alex (Ferguson) had given a bit of thought to was that we needed a creative player in midfield.
"Suddenly there is a knock on the door and it is Paul Scholes saying he wants to play again. Alex must have thought it was Christmas all over again."
And England's all-time record goalscorer isn't the only one happy to see Scholes back in action, with stand-in skipper Patrice Evra also paying his tribute to the midfielder.
The French international left back jokingly described the player as a 'dinosaur', but is confident his colleague can help the club retain their Premier League title.
"Scholesy is a dinosaur. The boss said that about him, Giggsy, (Gary) Neville and (Edwin) van der Sar," added Evra.
"Scholesy should never stop. Now the manager gave a gift to us. because it looked like he never stopped. I am so happy he is back. We need a player like that if we want to win the league."
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