PLAYER PROFILE

Nicholas Ioannou

Birthdate:10 Nov 1995
Birthplace:Limassol, Cyprus
Position:Defender
U18 Appearances:
U18 Goals scored:
Joined United:01 Jul 2012
United Debut:
International:

A promising centre-back who impressed all observers when plunged into Under-18 action as a raw schoolboy in 2011/2012.

Although he clearly has much to learn, the imposing defender never looked out of place when pitched against some of the best players in the country at an age group two years higher than his Under-16 status and performed admirably during the FA Youth Cup run.

One astounding goalline clearance in the thrilling quarter-final with Charlton Athletic at Old Trafford enabled the Reds to win the tie deep into stoppage time and he competed well against Chelsea's lively forwards at the last-four stage.

By notching 10 appearances in all, each as a starter, it's fair to say he's ahead of schedule and it is easy to see why reporters in Cyprus are excited by his potential.

However, an injury sustained at the Milk Cup ruined the early part of his campaign, even if he returned to action in time for the final group game against Southampton.

Nonetheless, it was a frustrating year for Ioannou, who managed only five starts in all and played at left-back as well as in the middle.

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