Smalling reveals how he managed to secure first-team spot at Man United
- The Red Devils centre-back went fully vegan for resurrecting his career at Old Trafford
His best season for Red Devils was the 2015/16 campaign when he played 55 times, and it was around the same time he began eating more plant-based food.
Smalling has 32-year-old wife Sam to thank for the healthy change.
"I wasn't fully vegan and when we would eat out I would eat what I would normally have," said Smalling via the Mirror.
"After a while, I started to cut out red meat. One of the reasons I started to was because red meat causes quite a lot of inflammation and I had quite a lot of tendinitis in my knee, which quite a lot of footballers get.
"It causes a lot of that inflammation and when I was cutting that down, the tendinitis started to go. It used to be quite a problem in terms of all warm-ups because getting going was a bit of a nightmare. I ended up cutting that out and my tendinitis has got better and better and I've started to feel it less.
"Now I've gone fully vegan and normally the start of preseason can be quite a tough time because you're loading and that's normally when it's at its worst but I haven't felt it at all."
The 28-year-old centre-back made 46 appearances under Jose Mourinho for the Red Devils last term.
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