David de Gea's excellent performance sparks Twitter appreciation as internet hails Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper

  • David de Gea was man of the match in 3-0 win over Liverpool
  • De Gea denied Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli with string of saves
  • Performance leads to jokes about #ThingsDavidDeGeaCouldSave

Manchester United's winning run was extended to six games on Sunday, largely because of superb performance from Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

De Gea produced a string of excellent saves to deny Liverpool, to continue a magnificent season for the United keeper.

And, as United took advantage of De Gea's brilliance, fans responded on the internet with a new set of virals to mark the occasion.

David de Gea makes a superb stop, tipping a Mario Balotelli shot onto the crossbar at Old Trafford

David de Gea makes a superb stop, tipping a Mario Balotelli shot onto the crossbar at Old Trafford

De Gea denies Balotelli again, and the keeper also made several stops against Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

De Gea denies Balotelli again, and the keeper also made several stops against Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

The hashtag #ThingsDavidDeGeaCouldSave began trending as Twitter users posted pictures of De Gea saving everything from the Titanic to Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter. 

Sportsmail brings you the best of the virals:

 
David de Gea stops hundreds of footballs with his mind in this viral, like Neo in the Matrix

David de Gea stops hundreds of footballs with his mind in this viral, like Neo in the Matrix

De Gea dives in front of a blade to save Game of Thrones character Ned Stark

De Gea dives in front of a blade to save Game of Thrones character Ned Stark

In one example De Gea is shown saving the world 

In one example De Gea is shown saving the world 

Among other things that De Gea could save was Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore

Among other things that De Gea could save was Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore

Manchester United fans were quick to use the hashtag to have a dig at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Manchester United fans were quick to use the hashtag to have a dig at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf also featured in the virals, with his famous 'You shall not pass' quote

Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf also featured in the virals, with his famous 'You shall not pass' quote

One cartoon showed De Gea as a brick wall blocking Liverpool's efforts during the 3-0 win

One cartoon showed De Gea as a brick wall blocking Liverpool's efforts during the 3-0 win

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