Sir Alex Ferguson says the return of Paul Scholes has provided Tom Cleverley with an added incentive to reach full fitness following his latest injury setback.
Cleverley has not featured for Manchester United since the victory over Everton at the end of October, when he limped off after suffering ankle ligament damage.
Following the retirement of Scholes in May, Cleverley was seen as a natural successor to the Old Trafford legend and began the season in impressive fashion.
However, the 22-year-old's lengthy absence - and with Anderson and Darren Fletcher missing - prompted Scholes to temporarily come out of retirement in order to help United defend their Barclays Premier League title.
And Ferguson is hopeful the possibility of Cleverly featuring alongside Scholes will inspire the youngster to even greater heights when he overcomes his injury.
But, says the United boss, Cleverley is still a long way off making his way back into the first team, and will not be rushed back to action.
"Cleverley will be desperate to play with Scholes and Paul is a player he could learn from, I’m sure," Ferguson said, according to The People.
"But it will be just great to get Tom back because he’s special.
”I saw signs of what he brings to us earlier in the season when he was in the team.
"He gave us something we’ve not had before in terms of his creative ability and linking with the front players, so it will be good to have him back.
“He’s doing a lot of running at the moment. He’s not near to the first team but he is doing plenty of running, which will help his fitness.
“When Tom’s back it will be a great boost – no doubt at all.”