David Moyes has done Paul Ince a favour to ease Blackpool’s defensive crisis ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United youngster Tyler Blackett has agreed a one-month loan deal to provide cover while left-back Jack Robinson serves his four-match ban.
The 19-year-old is part of the reserve squad at Old Trafford and is yet to make a senior appearance for the club, though he has represented England at U16, U17 and U19 levels.
And Pool boss Ince revealed the move came about after a phone call with United manager Moyes.
“I spoke to Moyesy on Wednesday and had a good chat about the lad Blackett,” said Ince.
“He’s got bags of potential, although he’s only a young kid, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.”
Blackpool have spent the week searching for a short-term replacement for Robinson, who received his second red card of the season in last Saturday’s draw with Blackburn.
They failed in an attempt to sign Leeds defender Aidy White, who instead joined League One side Sheffield United.
Ince added: “We’ve been rushing around all week looking for someone to bring in. You can get right-backs 10 a penny but it’s so difficult to get a left-back in.
“So I spoke to Moyesy and I’m told the young lad is a good player.
“The plan is to take a look at him, give him some minutes and throw him in at the deep end a little.”
Blackett trained with the Seasiders yesterday and is expected to travel with the squad to Nottingham this afternoon.
He has been at Old Trafford from the age of eight and Ince says the loan move could be an eye-opener.
The manager joked: “When I told Tyler he would have to wash his own kit at Blackpool he looked shocked. But I told him, ‘Welcome to the real world.’”
Blackett is described as a powerful defender who can also play at centre-back.