If Manchester City manage to beat Newcastle United away at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening, not only will they close the gap between them and league leaders Liverpool to just a point, but Pep Guardiola will also break a Premier League record.A visit to Tyneside will see Guardiola take in his 100th Premier League game at the City helm, and the former Barcelona boss has so far claimed 73 victories in charge of the Blues.One more will put him in front of Jose Mourinho when it comes to most wins earned from a century of English top-flight outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This season for the Citizens has not been as air-tight and domineering as their previous, having already lost three games in total, but that does not mean that they are not still impressive. Man City and Liverpool seem to be the only two teams providing a real challenge for the title this season, and a win over Newcastle will surely see the race heading down to the wire. Guardiola also possesses the best win rate by any manager to have taken charge of at least 75 Premier League games, besting the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini.The City boss has won 73.7 per cent of his matches so far, which beats the win rate of 67.1% held by Antonio Conte and the 65.2% of Ferguson. The Manchester United talisman did, however, achieve his win rate across 810 Premier League matches over 21 years.The Catalan coach is also looking to claim silverware on all three counts this season as City have made strides in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – and will be aiming to be the first side to win back-to-back Premier League titles since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009. Manager P W D L Jose Mourinho 100 73 18 9 Pep Guardiola 99 73 15 11 Manuel Pellegrini 100 65 17 18 Alex Ferguson 100 62 25 13 Roberto Mancini 100 62 19 19 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.A key category that tracks business investment plans posted a small increase, offering an encouraging sign that factory production will sustain momentum in the second half of this year.Orders declined 10.1 per cent in August after a record increase of 10.5 per cent in July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Both months were affected by swings in demand for commercial aircraft, which soared in July only to plummet in August.Core capital goods, a category seen as a proxy for business investment, managed to rise a slight 0.4 per cent in August after a 0.1 per cent July dip.Economists expect businesses to boost spending as they expand and modernize their operations. Business investment was a key source of strength in the second quarter.Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, fell a record 18.4 per cent in August. The figure reflected a 74.3 per cent drop in demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for motor vehicles and parts dropped 5.4 per cent, but that weakness was expected to be temporary given the robust sales automakers are experiencing this year.Orders for non-durable goods, items such as chemicals, clothing and food, edged down 0.4 per cent in August following a 0.8 per cent July decline.Excluding transportation, orders would have edged down a tiny 0.1 per cent in August. Demand for primary metals such as steel dropped 1.3 per cent, while orders for machinery managed a 0.9 per cent increase. Orders for computers dropped 15.2 per cent, but demand for electrical appliances rose 2 per cent.On Wednesday, the Institute for Supply Management reported that its closely watched barometer of manufacturing performance fell to 56.6 in September from 59 in August. Analysts saw the slowdown as consistent with a recent drop-off in global demand and a rise in the value of the dollar, which makes American goods more expensive overseas.Still, many economists believe manufacturing has enough momentum to keep the economy growing at a healthy rate above 3 per cent in the second half of this year.The economy has been on a roller coaster so far this year. Gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 2.1 per cent in the first quarter, the result of a harsh winter that curtailed economic activity. Then pent-up demand by consumers and businesses drove growth to a rapid rate of 4.6 per cent in the April-June quarter.Many economists are looking for more uniformity in the second half of the year, forecasting a rate above 3 per cent for both the third quarter and the October-December period. That would be a marked improvement from the sub-par growth rates of around 2 per cent that have been logged during the first five years of recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s. US factory orders fell by record in August, dragged by aircraft volatility by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2014 8:44 am MDT read more