Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is regarded by many as one of the most gifted players ever to grace the Premier League, with an eye for a pass that remained razor sharp right up to his retirement on Sunday.

As another of Sir Alex Ferguson's 'Class of 1992' humbly hangs up his boots (this time, though, along with the manager himself), we pick out five youngsters who have the potential to one day emulate Scholes' ability and achievements.

Ilkay Gundogan, 22, Borussia Dortmund

Having been instrumental in Borussia Dortmund's progress to the Champions League final, it is no surprise that the German international has attracted interest from many of the major European clubs, notably Manchester United.

The 22-year-old, who has contributed with five goals and five assists this season, is set to be one of David Moyes' first signings; his high work-rate and dribbling ability will go some way to replacing Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.

Jack Wilshere, 21, Arsenal

Wilshere has been compared to the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Paul Scholes since joining Arsenal as an exciting 16 year old - and the England international recently spoke of his desire to captain both club and country.

Despite numerous injuries, the precocious and explosive talent has made over 70 appearances for the Gunners, with his ability to take control of a game making him touted as the future star of English football.

Nuri Sahin, 24, Borussia Dortmund (on loan from Real Madrid)

An incisive passer, Sahin's ability to play a killer ball marks him out from his peers. He was tipped for greatness at an early age, drawing comparisons to Andrea Pirlo and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The former Liverpool loanee has already experienced football in Germany, England and Spain, with his most successful spell coming at Borussia Dortmund where he lifted the Bundesliga title in 2011.

Axel Witsel, 24, Zenit St Petersburg


The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder, recently linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, is part of Belgium's so-called 'Golden Generation' of creative players, including Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini.

However, the 24-year-old's passing and dribbling ability has made him a permanent feature of the national squad, as he looks set to continue his rise to stardom in the French league at the World Cup.

Aaron Ramsey, 22, Arsenal

Ramsey became one of the most sought-after players in Europe after impressing with Cardiff in his teens and has since gone on to represent Arsenal and Great Britain at last summer's Olympic Games.

He has made over 100 appearances for club and country in the past three years, with maturity and class beyond his years. In spite of a major leg injury in 2010, the Welshman could well live up to Scholes' talent.

 

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