Sheffield United drew with Manchester United in a 3-3 thriller last night and will be disappointed to have thrown away a 2-0 lead.
The Red Devils turned things around in a hectic second-half spell when youngsters Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford scored to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 3-2 lead. Oli McBurnie’s late strike secured a draw, despite a VAR appeal for handball.
For some Everton fans, the match was uncomfortable viewing due to the performance of one Sheffield United player.
Phil Jagielka put in a superb performance that belied his 37-year-old status at the heart of the Blades defence.
This summer, Everton let Jagielka leave the club after 12 years of service. The veteran was playing fewer and fewer games at Goodison Park and the Toffees decided not to renew his contract at the end of the season.
His career at Everton ended in confusion, with no confirmation of his impending exit when he made his final appearance for the club. As Jagielka put it in an interview with The Telegraph it ‘wasn’t ideal’.
He returned to his boyhood club and the 40-cap England international is now proving a vital asset for manager Chris Wilder.
Everton, meanwhile, are struggling. The club are failing defensively, lack clear leadership and manager Silva is clearly on the rocks.
How they could do with an experienced head like Jagielka right now. Indeed, after the performance he put in against United yesterday, plenty of Everton fans are wondering why he was allowed to leave.
If only we had a centre half like that Jagielka fella #EFC
— Neil1878 (@nismoneil) November 24, 2019
Jagielka has had a great start to the game.
Early days yet, but he’s a brilliant parachute player—always been able to come in from the cold and perform in a one-off match. Really clever defender #EFC
— Matt Jones (@MattJFootball) November 24, 2019
Still could be doing a job for Everton this season as well. Still not sure why we didn’t keep him on for another campaign given our lack of options in defence. No substitute for experience. #EFC #jagielka
— pmaccap (@paulmcparlan) November 24, 2019
— EFC_Rebel (@RebelEfc) November 24, 2019
Jagielka > Any EFC CB
— Blue Tone – MCFC (@MCFCTone) November 24, 2019
Phil Jagielka masterclass here I’m hearing.
— Tom (@EFCTom_) November 24, 2019
Jagielka man of the match. Putting all the present Everton players to shame
— Derek Mackey (@DerekMackey3) November 24, 2019
Jagielka would still be first choice at Everton based on today.
— MattBrownrigg (@MattBrownrigg20) November 24, 2019
Mad to think that Jagielka couldn’t get a one year extension @Everton but now playing for a top 5 club!
— Richard Kerley (@fredkerley) November 24, 2019
Jags is unreal, fella probably had a chippy last night and hes making martial look like even more of a bum here
— Carlos (@_EFCCarlos_) November 24, 2019