Mourinho’s Indiscipline Is Affecting United’s Performance 

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes that Jose Mourinho’s touchline antics are having a negative effect on his players.
The Red Devils boss was sent off for the second time this season when he kicked away a water bottle in frustration. Mourinho argued that Paul Pogba should not have been booked for diving, but replays show that the referee’s decision was correct.

Parker feels that the Portuguese manager’s poor discipline has carried over from his time at Chelsea, but is worried it will cause further problems at Old Trafford.

“This was always likely to happen, everyone knew when he got the job that he would be a problem,” Parker told TalkSport.

“He’s not going to stay quiet and he’s always got to be in the forefront. The problems he had at Chelsea were a dressing room issue, a man management issue, and that’s been brought to light at Manchester United as well. But something has got to change. This can’t carry on. If he doesn’t calm down he could be sent off another six times this season. What he’s doing on the sidelines is slowly having an effect on what’s happening on the pitch.” he said.

Parker believes that Mourinho needs to lead by example, and that his discipline problems will reflect in the team’s performances.


​Bayern’s Slip Good For Bundesliga Growth, Says Kalou

Bayern Munich occupy the unusual position of second in the Bundesliga. Leading the way is the RB Leipzig side that has caused so much talk in recent months, while close behind Bayern lurk Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.
Soccer enthusiasts believe that the new-look table is what the Bundesliga needs and that German football has become more entertaining since Bayern’s dominance has wavered in recent weeks. “Everyone has a chance this year. Bayern are not dominating as we know they have, although they are great. We know we have a big chance to do something, but every team has a chance to compete. I have hope and I know that it is possible.” Salomon Kalou says.

“Football is changing. The times when you have one team dominating are becoming less like that. You see it with FC Bayern, but also with Leicester in England. Then look at the Champions League, the teams that no-one thought that Bayern would struggle against.”

Kalou moved to Berlin in 2014 and has enjoyed a good spell in Germany’s capital, helping Hertha to finish in seventh place last season. He is also preparing to help Ivory Coast defend their Africa Cup of Nations title in January.

​TRANSFER RUMORS: Serie A Giants Battle For Darmian

Juventus and Inter are interested in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United, Calciomercato reports.
The Serie A champions could step up their pursuit of the Italian full-back in the wake of Dani Alves’ broken leg and the long-term injury to Leonardo Bonucci. However, Inter have reportedly been looking at the former Torino star for longer.

Darmian featured heavily for United last season under Louis van Gaal, but has played just four Premier League games since Jose Mourinho took over. 

​Coutinho Believes Ronaldo Is Not Among Best 3 Footballers 

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho did his transfer links to Barcelona no harm by tipping MSN trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar for the 2016 Ballon d’Or – snubbing Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.
Coutinho’s performances at Anfield have reportedly seen long-term suitors Barcelona renew their interest in signing him to boost their own charge for silverware, with Neymar thought to be urging his compatriot to join him at Camp Nou.

And the Liverpool ace has made it clear that his admiration for the striker and his partners in crime – Messi and Suarez – is mutual, as he indicated the three ought to occupy podium finishes to be crowned the world’s best player.

“My top three players in the world are the MSN trio,” he told FourFourTwo. “One is fast, the other is skilful, then there’s the top scorer, so they really complete each other.”

Asked whether his choices meant 2016 favourite Ronaldo – who won the Champions League and Euro 2016 with Real Madrid and Portugal respectively – had no place, Coutinho was unequivocal.

“Obviously there are others at Real Madrid too, like Cristiano Ronaldo, but those three [Messi, Suarez and Neymar] complete each other,” he said.