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The 48-year-old Norwegian's ambition to capture his first piece of major silverware as United boss was dealt a major blow in the first half at the Stadion Miejski.
Gerard Moreno fired his side into the lead in the 29th minute as Victor Lindelof failed to properly mark his man after a Villarreal free-kick.
United pushed for an equaliser before half-time, but eagle-eyed Red Devils fans spotted fireworks between Solskjaer and Cavani not long after Moreno's opener.
A furious Solskjaer could be spotted screaming from the touchline, which appeared to prompt a heated reaction from Cavani.
Footage of the incident has made the rounds on social media, with some fans claiming that Cavani told Solskjaer to 'shut up.'
One Twitter user posted: "Solskjaer and Cavani are absolutely fuming!"
Someone else wrote: "Cavani tells Ole to shut up."
A third tweeted: "I [have] never see this man shout like this before."
And a fourth added: "Never seen him so mad before."
Villarreal lead United 1-0 going into half-time at the Stadion Miejski.
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