Cape Town - As Manchester United continue to falter as the business end of the English Premiership season heats up, Louis van Gaal has received the backing of club legend Gary Neville.
The former United right-back says the club must stand by their Dutch manager regardless of their final league position this year, according to teamtalk.com.
The final implications of missing out on a second consecutive season could have dire consequences for the Manchester giants but Neville insists the club must continue to support van Gaal and rubbish any ideas of sacking him.
"Absolutely not, he shouldn't be sacked," Neville told talkSPORT.
"It would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal (if they do not finish in top four). 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, 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 and they will stand by him even if he doesn't finish in the top four - and that's the right thing to do."
Neville still believes that van Gaal will oversee United's return to the Champions League this season.
Neville said: "I still think Manchester United will finish in the top four. I think they will scrape in.
"There is a period in March where they have Arsenal in an FA Cup quarter-final, then they have Spurs the Sunday after and Liverpool after that. There is an international break and then they have got Aston Villa, Man City and Chelsea. I'd like to think these games will inspire some of the bigger players at Man United."