Manchester United's Darren Fletcher has hailed the influence of veteran midfielder Paul Scholes.
The Scotland international believes that the 35-year-old has already been hugely influential to United at this early stage of the season.
Scholes claimed man-of-the-match honours in both the Community Shield win over Chelsea and Monday's opening Premier League victory against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Fletcher can see similarities with Scholes' approach and the quarterbacks of American Football.
"He is like a deep-lying quarterback," said Fletcher.
"He is probably better at controlling the tempo of a game than anyone else in the league.
"He can speed it up or slow it down as he wishes. His range of passing is second to none.
"People talk about his age but he has so much experience. His touch and awareness are amazing.
"He can just sit in midfield and control teams. He dominates and plays killer passes, like he did on Monday."
England head coach Fabio Capello was keen to call up Scholes for the World Cup in South Africa but the Salford-born star opted to stay in international retirement.
Scholes, who has made over 600 appearances for United, only extended his Old Trafford career last season after Sir Alex Ferguson talked him into it.
Fletcher believes that Scholes' influence has increased down the years even though his style has markedly changed.
"Thank goodness the manager talked him into carrying on," admitted Fletcher.
"Paul has been a quality player for a number of years now, but he has reinvented himself.
"He is not the box-to-box goalscorer he used to be but the experience he has gained allows him to make an impact in different ways."