Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha should follow Jose Mourinho's lead with Fabio Cardoso

Rangers Manager  Pedro Caixinha during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could teach Rangers counterpart Pedro Caixinha a thing or two about man management.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Perhaps Pedro Caixinha should take some inspiration from his friend and compatriot Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United manager was hounded by the press, and no shortage of supporters, for omitting Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the majority of last season’s opening fixtures. Some even thought the famously ruthless Mourinho had already decided that the Armenian, a big money signing from Borussia Dortmund, was not cut out for United.

However, Mourinho was merely biding his time and allowing Mkhitaryan to adapt to life in England at his own pace rather than struggle on the pitch in front of the watching millions. It’s a tactic he is using once more with former Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

Manchester United's new Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho attends a photocall on the pitch at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England, on July 5, 2016.
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And Caixinha should take a leaf out of his book. Portuguese centre-back Fabio Cardoso has endured a difficult couple of weeks with his new employers, struggling against Conor Salmon against Partick Thistle before being ran ragged in the most recent encounter versus Hamilton Academical.

Fortunately, with Danny Wilson and David Bates passed fit ahead of Friday’s clash with St Johnstone, Caixinha has the chance to shuffle his pack and take the under-pressure defender out of the firing line.

Simon Murray of Hibernian takes on Fabio Cardoso of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Cardoso, a £1.3 million signing from Vitoria Setubal according to the Daily Record, has the youth and potential to come good eventually. But bigger, better and more reputable players have struggled to adapt immediately to a new league in the past and Rangers fans should remain patient.

Yet, a spell out of the starting XI may prove beneficial to Cardoso – it certainly worked for Mkhitaryan.

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