Ex-Netherlands international de Boer quickly became a hero to the Gers faithful after signing in a £5 million deal from Barcelona almost two decades ago, but things could’ve been very different, according to the 48-yea-old.
After joining under fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat, De Boer played a crucial role in Rangers winning a domestic treble under Alex McLeish in 2003 but it turns out he almost ended up plying his trade in the English Premier League – had Fergie gotten his way.
Speaking during an interview on talkSPORT, De Boer explained: “When I went to Rangers I could have signed for Manchester United.
“I was with Sir Alex Ferguson and he said: ‘We only have two players who always play – Roy Keane and David Beckham – The rest I rotate’.
“But I had a little bit of fear over my left knee.
“If they said you are not fit enough and we won’t sign you because of your knee then I would have had a stamp on my forehead.
“Rangers were in a little panic and it was a better chance to go there and sign a four-year contact.
“I was going to play there for sure in every game so that was the choice.
“But both teams would have been great of course.”
Moreover, de Boer has revealed he also almost joined Arsenal in 1998, adding: “Everything was arranged with David Dein at Arsenal.
“Then I went on strike with Ajax because we had a great World Cup.
“I had already made a verbal agreement with Ajax.
“But we played such a good World Cup and lots of players left in 1998.
“Ajax said they wouldn’t let me go to Arsenal. Then Frank said ‘I will stay for two years then Ronald can go to Arsenal.’
“They said no way then we went on strike.
“The salary and everything was done. I had spoke with Arsene Wenger but it never went through. So that was sad.”
As we mentioned previously, de Boer went on to write himself into Rangers folklore, but should he have perhaps tried his hand at English football?
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