Manchester United have been dealt a potential transfer blow with news that winger Thomas Ince is not expected to leave Blackpool in January.

The Blackpool Gazette understands that Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of the player, and that he’s told scouts to monitor the 19-year-old’s progress closely.

However, the paper also reveals that it’s ‘highly unlikely’ Ian Holloway will allow the former Liverpool starlet to leave the club in the first month of 2013.

The news will come as a blow to Manchester United, who were linked with a £6 million move for the player in the Daily Mail last week after Holloway compared his youngster to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Ince began his career at Anfield in 2008, spending two years with the Liverpool academy before turning professional and making his debut in the League Cup in 2010.

However, Ince was unable to break into the Reds first team, and after a brief spell away from Merseyside on loan, he left Liverpool for Bloomfield Road.

Last season, he helped the Tangerines reach the play-off final, form which has been replicated this term and led to England U21 call-ups.

Unsurprisingly, speculation over a move up from the Npower Championship to the Premier League has followed, but it now appears unlikely that Ince will be following in his father's footsteps and playing for Manchester United at Old Trafford anytime soon.

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