Salah is leading the way with 30 league goals in what has been a sensational first season at Liverpool, while Tottenham striker Kane – who has collected the award in each of the last two seasons – is four back.
It would take a pretty big effort from anyone else to finish as the top scorer in England's top flight, but United defender Smalling was in a jokey mood after scoring for the third consecutive away game in United's 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Posting on Twitter, Smalling wrote: "Late charge for the golden boot. Good response after the weekend. #MUFC #GGMU #ManUtd #PremierLeague."
Smalling's tongue may have been firmly in his cheek, but who knows if the England defender can score around 35 goals in United's remaining four league fixtures he may still have an outside chance.
Following on from his important strike against Manchester City less than two weeks prior to his goal past the Cherries, Smalling has been productive in recent weeks.
He has now netted four times in the league this season for Jose Mourinho's side, taking his total record for United up to 17 in over 280 appearances.