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Jagielka, who turns 39 in August, replaced Ben Osborn towards the end of Sean Dyche’s side as United successfully protected the lead David McGoldrick gave them at the start of the first half.

With his contract expiring later this summer, Jagielka faces an uncertain future in South Yorkshire as United prepare to reveal the identity of the manager who should be given the task of bringing them back to the Premier League following relegation from that mandate.

Placed in goalkeeper charge when Chris Wilder split from United in March, Heckingbottom said: “It was the management of the game, not the feeling, when we brought in Jags. Burnley was starting to load bodies into the box and we had taken out a great Jebbo player (Daniel Jebbison) so we wanted and needed presence. I thought Jags really showed his experience, stepping in and doing what he did as well as breaking things up in their midfield.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Phil Jagielka of Sheffield United applauding the fans after the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Burnley at Bramall Lane on May 23, 2021 in Sheffield, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Jan Kruger / Getty Images)

“Look, I would have been determined to get Jags out onto the pitch anyway,” Heckingbottom added. “I thought about it in advance and decided that if the game allowed it, I would try to bring it up. We have always had this in mind. But when we brought him, it wasn’t on my mind, because we needed someone like him there.

Although still looking for Wilder’s permanent replacement, United are due to inform Jagielka and Kean Bryan, whose deal is also about to end, soon if they will be asked to stay with the club next season.

Midfielder John Lundstram, an unused replacement against Burnley, appears destined to leave after rejecting several offers to extend his own terms.

“We need a decision and the sooner the better, I think everyone is in agreement,” Heckingbottom said, referring to the managerial situation. “There are things to do and people to talk to.

“That’s how I see it, from my point of view, on what will be best for the club. But, clearly, he also has to be the right one. “

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 20:26:57