Ronald de Boer says that Louis van Gaal convinced him to join Glasgow Rangers over Manchester United.
The former Netherlands international made the move to Ibrox from Barcelona in 2000 for a fee of £6m and he spent four years at the club following that switch. During his time there, he won the Scottish Premiership once, the Scottish Cup twice and the Scottish League Cup once.
However, talking to BBC Sportsound, De Boer says that he could have joined the Red Devils instead. He explained:
“I had two choices because I had a note from Man United, I spoke with Ferguson.
“But I also spoke with van Gaal, our manager of the Dutch team at the time and he gave me some advice.
“He told me that if he were in my shoes he’d choose Rangers because they had a Dutch coach [Advocaat], he knows and understands your type of play.
“I remember Ferguson told me he was going to rotate a lot, with only Beckham and Keane were the guys who played the 90 minutes.
“But I was at an age where I wanted to play every game and the chance was higher at Rangers, so in the end I chose Rangers and from day one I never regretted it.”
The ‘Gers supporters will be happy that De Boer chose to move to Ibrox rather than Old Trafford. Whilst it may not have been the most successful spell in the Ibrox club’s history, that was through no great fault of the former Ajax man, as his 32 goals in the league during his time in Scotland would indicate.
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He may have won more at Manchester United – after all, they have lifted the European Cup/Champions League three times and they were very successful at the start of the 21st century. However, as the Dutchman said, the chance to play regularly had a big role in his move to the ‘Gers, and the club’s supporters will likely be grateful that was eventually the case.
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