The Red Devils fell 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City after the goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The result extended their unbeaten run away from home to 20 matches, a stretch that goes all the way back to February of last year.
Neville thinks such consistency should be applauded and that the qualities they have exhibited show they are moving in the “right direction” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
"Those Manchester United players going back on that bus tonight can say that they've taken part in those 20 matches away from home, they deserve great congratulations for that,” he told The Gary Neville Podcast. “There'll be some criticism from United fans saying why didn't they go and win it, why weren't they more positive, and rightly so. United should always strive to do that.
"But to actually go 20 games away from home needs applauding because it's hard to do that. What do you use to demonstrate teams that have got good character and personality? They're good away from home, they're good on set pieces, they look like they want to play with each other.
"That's why I think this Manchester United team is better suited than the one from two or three years ago under Jose Mourinho that finished second. I actually feel there's a better spirit. I think they've got a far better chance of winning the league in the next two or three years than they were under Jose a couple of years ago.
"I thought it was a strange bunch of lads, they just didn't seem to like each other. They didn't really appeal to me as a fan. I think they're going in the right direction. Whether they get there or not, that's another matter; we'll know in the future. But they're certainly going in the right direction."
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