Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is confident the return of Paul Scholes can ignite their faltering campaign.
The 37-year-old came out of the retirement to sign a contract with the Premier League champions until the end of the season.
He came on as a second-half substitute against Manchester City in the FA Cup third round derby clash and showed he had lost none of famed passing ability.
It appears Sir Alex Ferguson has produced another masterstroke by coaxing the playmaker out of retirement and Smalling believes his inclusion will inject fresh impetus into their campaign.
"Paul is going to be real positive addition to our squad," said Smalling.
"I was disappointed when he called it a day last year. I saw first-hand the things he could do on the pitch and I know he can still do them.
"All of us were hoping he would come back and I am sure a few of the older lads have been saying things to him about it.
"It does pep up the dressing room when you see player of the calibre of Paul Scholes in there.
"It gave the young lads a lift to see him preparing for yesterday's match."
United raced into a 3-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium but by the end of the match would have counted themselves fortunate to hold off 10-man City's surge as they clung on to claim a 3-2 victory.
"We can count ourselves lucky because we were close to throwing it away," Smalling added.
"It was our own fault that we found ourselves with the prospect of facing a replay.
"We thought it was going to be easier in the second half but we made things difficult, as we have done a couple of times this season.
"In the past we have come back against teams. Now it has happened to us. We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again."