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Sam Allardyce challenges West Brom to start unbeaten run against Man United

The Baggies are 11 points from safety in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce has challenged West Brom to finally spark an unbeaten run to save them from relegation.

The Baggies are 19th in the Premier League and 11 points from safety having played a game more than drop rivals Burnley and Fulham.

Albion’s longest unbeaten run this season is two games – successive draws against Burnley and Brighton in October – while Allardyce has lost seven and won just one of his 10 league matches in charge.

They host Manchester United on Sunday before facing Burnley, Brighton and Newcastle with Allardyce demanding more points.

The West Brom boss said: “If we can’t win the game, don’t lose it. It hasn’t happened as often as I would have liked but it’s about 38 points. Can the club go four, five or six games without getting beaten?

“That’s the goal to start with. Stop losing, start winning and drawing and go on an undefeated run and that will see the points tot up.

“Whenever we play Manchester United it’s a challenge. Our players need to be on top of their game and have shown at Liverpool and Manchester City they can be inspired to put in a very effective performance together.

“Hopefully that will give the lads the confidence to say they can do the same against Manchester United.

“If Manchester United are off form and we play to our best we have a chance of beating them – as Sheffield United did a couple of weeks ago.

“Our best is needed and it has to result in victories for us now.”

Grady Diangana is training after a hamstring injury but is not expected to join the matchday squad on Sunday.

Allardyce has also ended his interest in Ahmed Musa after the ex-Leicester forward trained with the Baggies.

Musa arrived late because of Covid-19 protocols, meaning Albion had run out of money having already signed Robert Snodgrass, Andy Lonergan, Mbaye Diagne and Okay Yokuslu in January.

“We bought four players in so that didn’t fall within our budget,” added Allardyce.

“It was a shame Musa didn’t come in earlier because of Covid and he may have been one of the four we brought in but because he was the fifth it couldn’t get done.”

Meanwhile, defender Conor Townsend has signed a new three-year deal at The Hawthorns.

The 27-year-old has made 60 appearances for Albion after joining from Scunthorpe in 2018.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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