Is De Gea's save one of the "best ever"?

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Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel hailed David De Gea's flying stop against Sunderland as "one of the best" he's ever seen - which got us thinking, where does it rank in Premier League history?

Just last year Craig Gordon's stop against Bolton Wanderers in 2010 was voted the best of the Premier League era.

Up against the likes of Schmeichel - twice nominated - Jussi Jaaskelainen and Shay Given, the Scottish keeper scooped the accolade for his stunning reflex stop from an otherwise prolific - or not - Zat Knight.

The 6ft-6in defender looked to prod home from a couple of yards after a corner was knocked down. But Gordon threw himself backwards and flicked Knight's effort up and over the bar.

So how does it compare with De Gea's full-stretch effort to deny Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini at the weekend? Is Schmeichel right to compare it to Gordon's?

Well, the Spaniard shows off his incredible reflexes, with his weight moving onto his left foot he springs back to his right, and an outstretched hand tips it past the post.

It's all over in a flash, but it's a remarkable display of the agility required at the highest level of goalkeeping.

Compare that to Gordon's save here. 

The Scot's effort is more of a desperation stop, as he flings himself back towards his own goal-line to deny a seemingly open net.

It trumps De Gea in terms of initial shock factor - you're left wondering just how on earth he managed to pull it off.

But the Spaniard's looks more atheistically pleasing, it's a wonderfully textbook save - a great headed effort bested only by a beautifully classic full stretch dive.

There's a few other contenders of course. Other nominations for the best save of the Premier League era also included this Shay Given effort and this stunner from Schmeichel.

But in a face-off between De Gea and Gordon's greatest, who comes out on top? If there was another vote again today would the United keeper even come close, or is it no contest?

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