The Old Trafford giants are having to go through yet another period of change as they look to get back to the heights scaled before Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.
United stumbled home sixth in the Premier League last season after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fine start to life at the helm came to an abrupt halt.
It leaves the Norwegian with a big rebuilding job at a time when they cannot offer prospective signings Champions League football, but former captain Neville believes the club remains an attractive proposition.
"I think United can still attract top-end players because we've seen good players come to the club over the last six or seven years," the United great said.
"This club will never move away from being a sensational football club. It will have difficult moments, and it's having a difficult time.
"The money in the game now means you're always in competition. The club has lost players when it's successful to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
"Lost (Arjen) Robben to Chelsea in the mid 2000s, we lost (Samir) Nasri to City. Don't always think that when Sir Alex Ferguson was here it didn't happen.
"This club lost players when it was successful to some of the biggest clubs in Europe that are competing with United. Don't think that if United lose players now to Barcelona that this is the first time it's ever happened, it's happened before.
"It's not because of the current plight, or the coach, or the manager, or the current players, it just happens sometimes. It happened during successful times too."