Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal and his team are keeping a close watch on Bilal Ould-Chikh for a prospective induction to their youth teamGetty

Manchester United are preparing a summer swoop for Dutch youngster Bilal Ould-Chikh, dubbed the 'new Arjen Robben'.

The Sunday People reports that the player has only a year left on his current contract and Louis van Gaal and his team are keeping a close eye on the player for a prospective induction to their youth team. The Dutchman is known for his work with youngsters and believes that Ould-Chikh has the potential to make it to United's first team in the future.

His first season at United has seen the likes of James Wilson stake their claim in the first team alongside Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett and the youngsters have repaid his faith with some brilliant performances against top teams in the league.

Ould-Chikh was Holland's standout player in the Euro U-17 tournament and has also played and scored in the Euro U-19 qualifiers last year.

At 16, he has the potential to reach the same heights as Robben, who has excelled in all facets of the field, and thereby carve a name for himself in Dutch history.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has pressed the importance of Marouane Fellaini to his squad and insists that the former Everton midfielder has been an asset in his side's quest to qualify for the Champions League.

The midfielder is criticised for his hard handed tactics on the pitch but his deployment has earned results for the Red Devils, who currently find themselves third in the league, only a point behind second placed Arsenal.

"Marouane always does the things that we want from him. He is performing what we want from a midfielder, and he wants to do that," Van Gaal said ahead of the Manchester derby.

"We have other players who are too creative and too emotional to do the job that Marouane does. So when I put him in the team, I've always said that it was for the balance of our team, because you have to attack but you have to defend also.

"Marouane plays a factor in all these aspects, so he can be very important for us when he has the shape because he's not played all the matches. He plays his role very well," he added.