The 29-year-old forward has failed to find consistent form for the Red Devils since his loan move to Old Trafford from Monaco last summer.
He has only managed to score four Premier League goals for Louis van Gaal’s men and has been limited to just 14 top-flight starts for the Red Devils.
However, United defender Smalling believes that Falcao will rediscover his top form next season with a full pre-season training routine under his belt.
“I think with his record, he’s a marked man. He does get kicked a lot in every game and it’s because of what he’s done in the game,” Smalling told the Daily Star.
“He’s had a couple of injuries on the way, and with every player that means you don’t get the consistency of being able to train every week. It affects your flow, especially with strikers who need a run of goals to set them off.
“I think when the manager has given him a chance and he’s trained well and he’s stayed fit, you can see he is getting sharper and sharper and with a good pre-season he’ll be firing again next season.”
Falcao, a reported summer target for Liverpool, has been linked with a move away from United in recent weeks due to his stuttering form at Old Trafford.
The Colombia striker will be hoping to make one more appearance for the Red Devils this weekend when United travel to Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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