The Red Devils were 3-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and captain Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
Everyone was positive and they were looking further forward quicker
Van Gaal deployed a 4-3-3 system for the visit of Spurs as Rooney occupied his orthodox centre-forward role and caused the Tottenham defence problems.
Neville, who won 10 Premier League titles during his career, hailed his former club’s best performance of the season under the 63-year-old Dutch coach.
“When he was appointed, this is the system everyone thought he would play, but in pre-season he came out of the World Cup playing three at the back with Holland and took that into United,” Neville told Sky Sports following Sunday’s win.
“He played it in every single pre-season game, but then ditched it after a couple of games. Then they played a diamond and today it was 4-3-3. That’s probably what everyone expected.
“I don’t think he’ll be changing that too quickly because that was head and shoulders Manchester United’s best performance of the season. The tempo in the play today was far better than it has been at any point.
“Everyone was positive and they were looking further forward quicker. It wasn’t long balls, it was good passes forward. Even the centre-backs were stepping out at times and playing good passes.
“They have been slow at times playing out from the back and we didn’t see a lot of that today at all. It was good.”
United are five points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool ahead of their short trip to face Brendan Rodgers’ side at Anfield next Sunday.
The Red Devils, however, are just two points behind second-placed Manchester City after the defending Premier League champions suffered a 1-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
The 20-time English champions still have to face Liveprool, Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Everton in the final months of the season.
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