Paul Scholes was sensationally named on the bench by Manchester United for Sunday's FA Cup third round tie at Manchester City after agreeing to help his old club out for the remainder of the season.
With injuries biting deep into his squad, Sir Alex Ferguson made the dramatic move to ask his veteran midfielder to come out of retirement.
"It's fantastic that Paul has made this decision," said Ferguson.
"It's always sad to see great players end their careers, but especially so when they do it early.
"But he has kept himself in great shape and I always felt that he had another season in him. It's terrific to have him back."
Scholes brought his United career to an end after last season's Champions League final. However, he quickly revealed he felt the decision may have been premature.
He has continued to be a regular face at United's Carrington training complex in his role as a coach with the club's reserve team.
However, he will now be asked to aid United's quest for honours for the remainder of the season.
"I've been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it," said the 37-year-old.
"I'm delighted the manager feels I can still make a contribution to the team and I'm looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club."