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Introducing Joe White

Written by Dan King

While most of the pre-match talk has been around Cristiano Ronaldo's second bow for Manchester United, there could be another debut at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Joe White, who hails from Carlisle, has been named on the bench for Newcastle United for the first time in the Premier League for the 3pm (BST) kick-off against the Red Devils. 

He has already featured for Steve Bruce's first team in pre-season, coming off the bench in a friendly at Rotherham in July before making another substitute appearance at Burton and starting in a practice match at Burnley, but this is his first taste of senior top flight experience. 

The Cumbrian youngster, who has represented England at under-18 level, was part of Newcastle United Under-18s' run to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals last term, scoring in the fourth round during a 4-1 triumph over Leeds United. 

After joining Newcastle from hometown club Carlisle United in 2016, the highly-rated playmaker signed his first professional contract in 2019 and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Peter Hampton, who played for Don Revie's Leeds United during the 1970s and 1980s as well playing more than 100 games each for Stoke City and Burnley.

Speaking to NUFC TV after his friendly appearance at Rotherham, White said: "From where I was as a kid, just playing in the street, to now playing my first game for the first team - hopefully it's the first of many if I keep working hard. 

"I was at Carlisle United from seven until 13 and had a two-week trial at Newcastle before signing in the under-14 season. I signed a scholarship and then pro at 17.

"It's about how much I've worked for it, how much dedication, with my family coming over from Carlisle, especially when I was at school - four times a week, they were coming over before I actually moved when I left school, so it's all down to them, really."

White's parents, Jamie and Fiona, weren't able to attend that game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to work commitments, but they will be in the crowd at Old Trafford this afternoon. 

And the youngster added: "At the start of last season, I was out for ten weeks and then ten weeks at the end of the season as well. There were a lot of lows in the past season but to get (the pre-season debut) was a massive high and hopefully there's more to come in the season."

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