The return of Zidane alone doesn't automatically mean success and the players in the squad know that they will have to work very hard to impress him from now until the end of the season.
United made a concerted bid for Bale in 2013 before the Wales worldwide left Tottenham for the Spanish capital, and his struggles this term - coupled with the return of coach Zinedine Zidane - have led to reports that he could head for Old Trafford this summer. But Zidane's return saw Isco start for the first time since Jan 16, and have a superb game which was capped off with a goal.
"I can't really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they're property of other clubs", the interim United manager said.
Bale joined Madrid from Spurs in 2013 and has won the Champions League four times since, but he is still constantly criticised by the club's fans and several Spanish media outlets. It had also lost at home to Girona in the league.
United's hopes of European glory remain alive after overcoming Paris St Germain and, speaking before being drawn against Barcelona, Solskjaer said they have proved that "on any given day we can beat a top team". "We are all motivated again".
Bale came closest to scoring in the first half with an acrobatic scissor-kick that crashed against the crossbar and later teed up Karim Benzema to tap in, only for the referee to book the Welshman for a foul in the build-up. Isco was cheered by the crowd when he was substituted a few moments after the goal, his first of the year.
Real looked much more like the side that romped to three consecutive Champions League titles yesterday, completely dominating a poor Celta team. "There's a great atmosphere and all I'm thinking about is finishing the season on a high".
Inaki Williams put the hosts ahead in the 73rd and Kenan Kodro netted in the 85th to move Athletic up to ninth. "That gives us chances to score goals, and we did".
Also Saturday, forward Portu scored two first-half goals to lead Girona to a 2-0 win at Leganes.