United’s loss to Swansea at the weekend has increased pressure on Van Gaal whose side remain only a point clear of fifth placed Southampton.
The current form of Liverpool and Arsenal has made a top-four finish even more difficult to achieve, but Neville thinks Van Gaal should be given time regardless of the outcome of this season.
“Louis van Gaal should not be sacked [if Manchester United fail to make the top four],” Neville told talkSPORT.
“It would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal. He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season.
“He has to get in the Champions League but, on the other hand, if he didn’t, no, you can’t just sack a manager one year and then sack another manager the year after. Where do you go from there?
“There has to be a level of continuity. I absolutely believe this time there will be continuity at Man United and they will stand by him even if he doesn’t finish in the top four and that’s the right thing to do.”
Should executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and United’s owners The Glazers decide to sack the Dutchman, it would be the second consecutive season they have dispensed with a managers services.
After 25 years under Sir Alex Ferguson, the former United right-back is hoping that the board give Van Gaal sufficient time to implement his plans and has previously expressed this in his column for the Telgraph.
He said: “It’s too early to pass the ultimate judgment on Van Gaal but we can have confidence that he has been down this road with huge clubs before.”
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