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Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford infested with mice

3.28K   //    22 Jan 2015, 06:15 IST
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Old Trafford is reported to be infested with mice, with pest control having been called in

London, January 21 (IANS)  English football club Manchester United are reportedly facing a mice infestation at their ground, Old Trafford.

United have endured a tough start to the current campaign, lying at the fourth spot in the league, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 22 matches. A hygiene report reveals the club is working with pest control contractors to probe into the problem dealing with rodents in the North and South stands reported the Daily Mail.

Rodents have also been spotted in staff offices.

“They're a nightmare and they struggle to get rid of them,” a club insider was quoted as saying by on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

The stadium's canalside location is thought to be the main source of such an infestation.

A spokesperson for the club, however, said United does have a robust pest control system in place and weekly checks are made in all catering areas to ensure high levels of hygiene and cleanliness.

“If incidences of this nature do occur at the stadium, immediate and appropriate action will be taken,” the spokesperson said Wednesday.

United's next league match at home is against Leicester City on January 31 and club authorities will be hoping to rectify the situation before that. 

This isn’t the first time this problem has been reported, with the issue supposed to have occurred earlier in 2010 and 2012. Here is footage of a mouse running on the pitch during a Manchester derby a couple of seasons back: