What happened to the United side we saw against PSG?
"I can't really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they're property of other clubs", the interim United manager said.
"We have played so much worse and won games and that's the unusual thing when you're a manager you can look behind the result and say that was a good performance but we didn't get what we deserved... it's so odd". We've got to think about the longevity as well, who's going to fit in personality-wise.
"I think we felt too comfortable in possession. We have so many highlights look forward to".
Bale has been at Real Madrid since 2013 and is a four-time victor of the Champions League, although there is no chance of a fifth this term after bowing out to Ajax in the round of 16.
"Momentum", said Solskjaer, when asked if being in so many competitions could damage United's top-four chances.
A date with Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been set, while they face Wolves in the last eight of the FA Cup on Saturday.
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Solskjaer can call on his first choice front six for the first time since that 0-2 defeat to Paris Saint Germain a month ago, during which Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard went off injured.
Before that comes a key FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves on Saturday evening - a match Romelu Lukaku could join the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Juan Mata in missing.
But after being lauded for his impact since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December, the painful truth for Solskjaer is that this latest United performance was as poor as anything they produced under his predecessor this season.
"Any game you lose is a big anti-climax".
"You're always measured on results but we played a good game against Arsenal", he told a media conference.
"It's so unusual, the Arsenal one, very disappointed in the result it hurts more than anything".