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Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal at Old Trafford (Image: Sky Sports)

Marcus Rashford admits Man Utd’s 3-1 win over Arsenal was a ‘same game’ but reckons a crucial second-half difference helped his team win.

The 24-year-old England striker scored twice as Erik ten Hag’s side ended Arsenal’s perfect start to the season with four straight wins.

The result puts United in fifth place, just three points behind Mikel Arteta’s leaders as they contributed to their victories over Leicester City, Southampton and Liverpool.

‘It [was] a massive game against Arsenal,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “They had such a good start to the season and it was a big test for us today.

“We showed ourselves, we rose to the challenge and we can all be proud of ourselves today.

“I thought it would be an even game. There were big gaps in the first half, but we didn’t manage to exploit them.

“But in the second half we managed to use the space and that made the difference.”

Rashford had been linked with a surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer but is looking a lot better under Ten Hag after enduring a difficult spell last season.

He has three goals and two assists in United’s first six games, with the Red Devils next up in the top flight when they travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday after their Europa League group stage game against Real Sociedad.

“We’ve got some excellent passers and as long as we’re making runs we’ll get the ball,” Rashford added.

“We have to last 90 minutes. We’ve been through the press a few times today. It’s important for us to keep going.”

Rashford has netted 96 goals in 309 games for United since his debut in 2015/16.

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