Rough Diamonds #7-Nick Ioannou (Manchester United)


Nick Ioannou is a highly rated school boy who became the first Cypriot to represent Manchester United when he was named in the FAYC 4th round game against Derby County.As little is known about this future star in the making,i asked Stelios from Cyprus Footy to give us an insight.

Nick Ioannou A Legend in the making

Nick Ioannou is a 16-year-old Manchester United youth player. He was born and raised in Cyprus, son of Demetris Ioannou, a player that needs no introduction in Cyprus. Nichola’s father was a very successful defender known for his size and strength. These are qualities that his son has inherited and developed which helped him become a Manchester United youth player.

He participated in United’s U15 side Marveld tournament in the Netherlands (June 2010), at Manchester United Premier Cup U16: World Finals (September 2010) and an unused substitute in an U18 Youth game last season. Until now he received invitations for training with Cyprus U15 National Team and U17 National Team. Manchester United awarded him a two-year scholarship which will begin in June 2012. He has a elder brother who is a U19 Cyprus Youth International ,Michael Ioannou.

18th of January 2012 was a great day for Nicholas Ioannou. The 16-year-old Cypriot made his debut for Manchester United’s U18 FA Youth Cup win over Derby County.
Nicholas played the whole game in defense. Paul McGuiness, their manager, trusted Nicholas to play against Derby wonder kid Mason Bennett and he did very well! Nicholas proved himself well throughout the game and showed that there’s a reason why he signed a two-year scholarship deal back in June with the big Manchester club.
To be chosen for the Manchester United U18 squad at only 16 is a serious deal. Having spoken to people close to him as well as people involved in the Manchester United youth teams they said they have no doubt that Nicholas will play for the Manchester United first team one day.

Stelios Markou
Twitter: cyprusfooty
LinkedIn: Stelios Markou

You can read the rest of the Rough Diamonds series here.

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