Ronald de Boer explains reason why he rejected Manchester United for Rangers move

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Ronald de Boer has reflected on his time at Rangers.

Former Rangers ace Ronald de Boer has told Sky Sports that his time at Ibrox was 'incredible', even stating that he rejected Manchester United.

De Boer, now 45, became a hero at Ajax alongside his twin brother Frank, and their exploits in Amsterdam handed them move to Barcelona in 1999.

Yet after just one goal in his debut season with the Spanish giants, Ronald decided to leave the Camp Nou and make the surprise move to Rangers, joining up with his compatriot Dick Advocaat, who was in charge at the time.

He was later joined by Frank as the twins played out their twilight years at Ibrox, with both becoming firm fan favourites with the Rangers fans in a memorable time for the club.

Tonight, Frank - now Ajax manager - takes on Rangers' fierce rivals Celtic in the Europa League, and Ronald has looked back on his time at Rangers as a result.

Speaking to Sky Sports, De Boer says that he had an offer to join Manchester United back in 2000, but chose to join Rangers instead - and insists it wasn't for the money.

Instead, the former Dutch international playmaker says that he went with his heart and chose Rangers, stating that his time with the club was 'incredible'.

"I could also have gone to Manchester United but I chose Rangers," said De Boer. "That was with my heart and not only for the money. I played with all my heart for Rangers. It was the same (money at United) but I was afraid for my knee at that time and Rangers gave me a four-year deal whereas United gave me three years.

"The Dutch coach Dick Advocaat knew me and how I was as a player but I remember Ruud van Nistelrooy was sent back with his bad knee. I thought if I took a chance with Manchester United they might send me back to Barcelona with a stamp on my forehead saying I was not fit enough to play at the top of football. I thought I had more chance to succeed at Rangers and I'm glad I did because I had an incredible four years," he added.

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