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Man Utd defeat leaves West Ham facing 'difficult task' to stay up, says Allardyce

PUBLISHED: 19:41 21 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:23 22 December 2013

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Sam Allardyce admits West Ham United's Premier League survival bid will be a "long haul" after the Hammers lost 3-1 at Manchester United to be left just above the drop zone.

They remain outside the bottom three, but only thanks to the deficiencies of others, and could be in for a very tough season unless the manager can spark some significant improvement.

Danny Welbeck scored his first goal at Old Trafford since October 2012 before Adnan Januzaj made a mug of James Collins to double the advantage prior to the interval.

Ashley Young netted another brilliant effort in the second half so Carlton Cole’s consolation did not threaten a fourth successive win, equalling the best run of Moyes’ short reign so far.

“It was the right result,” said Allardyce.

“I can’t complain about that because our performance in the first half was not good enough.

“We are not in a very good position and we are all concerned with that, owners included.

“You need your best players fit and at the moment we are missing them.

“It’s a difficult task for us now and it will be a long haul in terms of digging ourselves out.”

Allardyce will hunt for additions in January, as will Moyes, although the United boss is not convinced he will get them.

He said: “We’ll look but I wouldn’t turn around and say we’re massively sure we’ll get them because a lot of the players we’d be interested in won’t be available in January.”

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