Paul Scholes has conceded coaching does not come close to the thrill of a Premier League title fight with Manchester United.
Scholes abandoned his retirement in January and since the veteran midfielder returned to the fold, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have claimed a remarkable 31 points from 33 to establish a five-point lead over Manchester City with seven games remaining.
And even in the middle of what Ferguson famously once called: `Squeaky Bum Time' - when the pressure is at its most intense - Scholes would not want to be anywhere else. "The coaching was OK but it wasn't anything like playing," the 37-year-old told MUTV.
"I was still coming in every day and seeing players. It was difficult to adjust, I admit that. I really missed the playing side up until Christmas, when I went to see the manager."
With 10 Premier League winners' medals in his collection already, Scholes does not particularly need any more. However, he is just as desperate to hold off City as he would have been as a raw rookie.
Scholes is taking nothing for granted, though, despite United's current advantage heading into a potentially pivotal weekend when the Red Devils entertain QPR just before City kick off at Arsenal.
"You would have snatched someone's hand off for this position a couple of months ago," he said.
"We have put ourselves in a decent position but there is still a long way to go. We are going up against a very good team in City. They have had a fantastic season and they have a great squad of players that is capable of beating anybody.
"They can go on runs and win games and are capable of winning at Arsenal. But with this five-point lead we just have to concentrate on ourselves."