David de Gea's greatest ever save? Man Utd hero's stunning reflexes vs Stoke City in 2017

  • Kobe Tong
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Manchester United's David de Gea turns 31 years old today.

The Spaniard might not be enjoying the most jubilant of birthdays on the back of United's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, but he can rest easy knowing that his own individual performance was superb.

Besides, if it wasn't for an array of outrageous saves during the first-half at Old Trafford, it wouldn't be unrealistic to think that the Red Devils might have been trailing 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 at the interval.

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In fact, one particular save to deny Gabriel Jesus showed the type of cat-like reflexes and general shot-stopping brilliance that sees De Gea rightfully revered as an all-time Premier League great.

While, yes, you'd be hard-pressed to argue that he quite competes with Peter Schmeichel or Petr Cech, the league has arguably never seen a better goalkeeper when it comes to miraculous saves.

On his day, De Gea is capable of making the types of stops that no other number one in the world can, even if he doesn't have the distribution of Alisson Becker or sweeper-keeping of Manuel Neuer.

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As such, we thought there could be no better way to celebrate De Gea's birthday than by looking back on one of his greatest ever Premier League saves - and a thoroughly underrated one at that.

Cast your minds back to the 2017/18 season with United buckling up for their second campaign under Jose Mourinho and making the infamous trip to the wet and windy realm of Stoke City.

It proved to be a tough game where United dropped their first league points of the season with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's brace cancelling out strikes from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

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De Gea's superhuman save

However, if it wasn't for one of the most underrated saves in Premier League history - which was voted as De Gea's second-greatest ever by United in 2018 - Jese could have given Stoke the win.

So, brace yourselves for some of the swiftest reactions we've ever seen from a goalkeeper by checking out the birthday boy's stunning stop down below:

Oh my goodness me. He's like a cat with a laser pen.

Rapid-fire reflexes

If you were to watch the slow-motion footage out of context, you might be fooled into thinking that the save wasn't particularly impressive because the shot was directed broadly towards De Gea.

But the absolutely minuscule timeframe in which the Spaniard had to lift his hand above his head with enough force to tip the shot over the bar is frankly beyond our comprehension.

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It takes world-class reflexes to adapt to a strike like that from such close range in the speed that De Gea showed on that day in 2017 and it remains one of our favourites stops from the United hero.

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