Dimitar Berbatov has heaped praise on David de Gea for pulling off yet another “superhuman” save during Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.
The Spaniard boosted his credentials as the best goalkeeper in the world with a save from Luis Muriel that kept the scores level against Sevilla.
And he once again stunned the watching world with a decisive save from Christian Benteke with the scores level at Selhurst Park, diving low to claw away a header which looked certain to go in.
Berbatov took to social media the next day to hail Man United’s stunning comeback and De Gea’s continued brilliance between the sticks.
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“Man United never give up. Great comeback! Matic – you should shoot more often from outside the box. Unbelievable goal!” he said.
“And De Gea, you are superhuman man. You can catch a bullet!”
The best part about this save is how Benteke begins to wheel away in celebration, convinced the ball will go in, only to stop and pause in a moment of sheer disbelief.
Benteke VS De Gae
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Now, Benteke may not be among the greats in this division, but he is nonetheless a seasoned goalscorer and professional. And as a striker you tend to develop a sort of intuitive knowledge surrounding your efforts on goal: some you just know you’ve caught right and the keeper won’t get to; others are just slightly too close – or not fast enough – to find the net.
Benteke knew he had caught this right. He could sense, through knowledge borne out of countless hours on the pitch over many years, that his header had the purchase to beat the keeper.
What he didn’t factor into the equation was that the man between the sticks was De Gea, the finest shot-stopper in the world – a man whose athleticism is so impossibly good that it actually defies the laws of empirical science.
Against any other keeper, Benteke would have had his goal. He is not the first to be confounded by De Gea’s superhuman brilliance.