David De Gea’s World-Class Save To Deny Cristiano Ronaldo Goal

Manchester United's David De Gea.

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No wonder David de Gea is regarded as the best in the business amongst goalkeepers. On another disappointing night for Manchester United, the Spaniard produced a world-class show.

The Red Devils were left with a 0-1 defeat thanks to Juventus in the crucial Champions League encounter at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo set the goal in the 17th minute with a brilliant cross, which saw Paulo Dybala slot home from close range.

But the Portuguese wasn’t just done there. He had De Gea make a good save from a free-kick with a powerful strike, before extracting a world-class one in the second half.

It was indeed a glorious team move, as Ronaldo combined well with Miralem Pjanic, before being picked out by former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado from the edge of the box. Ronaldo hit an extraordinary first-time strike that seemed destined for the top corner.

But De Gea came to the home side’s rescue, tipping the ball over the bar in stunning fashion.

It would have been some goal for the United legend. Ronaldo was superb with his powerful shot, but credit to De Gea for doing what he does best. No wonder the Spaniard is the best goalkeeper in the world.

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The save drew a lot of attention from pundits and fans alike on social media sites. Some even called it the save of the season already.

United were lucky not to lose the match by a bigger margin. They have three more European group games to go, and need at least two wins to have a chance for qualification to the knockout stages.

Juventus will be the favourites in the next match, as they host United in Turin. Hopefully that tie will see men playing against men rather than boys, as Rio Ferdinand aptly summed it up.