Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side bounced back after a woeful performance against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last Wednesday with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park at the weekend.
United went behind against Carlo Ancelotti’s side but managed to secure three points with a double from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani’s late goal in injury time.
The win means United have recorded 10 points from their opening seven Premier League games, and despite encouraging displays against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, Neville feels his former side are still short of being capable of mounting a credible title challenge.
‘I was glued to the telly in the morning just thinking about the game, thinking what had happened the previous week, you see the reports leading up to the game and you’re just thinking you need a performance here, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club needs a performance, those players needed a performance, they went one behind and you’re thinking, ‘here we go’, but actually [Anthony] Martial had a chance before 1-0 and United deservedly came out on top in the end,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘They’re just so inconsistent, if you think about over the last couple of weeks, the performance against RB Leipzig, the performance against Paris Saint-Germain, the performance at Goodison Park, then in between that the performance in Turkey and against Arsenal.
‘Just up and down, they’ve got to get rid of that because it’s a thing that will always put them under pressure as players and it will always put the manager under pressure.
‘You need consistency. That’s what, ultimately champions need to be and at this moment they are inconsistent.’
Neville also believes that Tottenham will be unable to record a surprise title victory under Jose Mourinho.
‘I said a couple of weeks ago I didn’t think they can win the league, and I don’t think they can,’ said Neville.
‘It would be something that would alarm Chelsea fans, Manchester United fans, Arsenal fans, of course, it would be one of the great stories because Tottenham don’t win leagues. It would be an outstanding achievement.
‘But he’s got the forward players to do it if you think of the strike force and the goals, it’s incredible.
‘At the moment, you look at both teams we’ve seen today [Liverpool and Manchester City] there’s no doubt they are outstanding teams but there are flaws there. And there weren’t too years ago. They were almost perfect in everything they did.’