Ajax chief Marc Overmars admits he came close to joining Manchester United.
Former Ajax star Overmars ultimately moved to the Premier League with Arsenal in June 1997 in a deal worth around £6m.
He told the Telegraph: "That was a very close one.
"I broke my knee. I think Ferguson was really interested. United and Arsenal were the two interested at that time. But I broke my ligaments, and then I was out for eight months.
"Afterwards, Arsenal kept the faith, which I am really grateful to Wenger for. Twenty years ago, when you broke your ligaments, it was quite a serious injury."