Fans anticipating the FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Manchester United have expressed mixed feelings with regards to Alonso's inclusion in the starting line-up. Some Blues supporters have questioned Sarri's decision to feature the Spaniard in the crucial encounter while a number of United fans find his involvement as laughable.
Marcos Alonso has come under heavy criticisms in recent times with the player having been identified as one among a handful to be blamed for Chelsea's shortcomings.
Although he undoubtedly stands as Sarri's first-choice for the left-back position, fans of the club believe that he is a liability. Instead, many have advocated for the Italian manager to drop the 28-year-old in favor of Emerson.
Aside the agitation surrounding the inclusion of Alonso, Chelsea named a strong side in its quest to defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup for a record fifth successive season.
Manchester United, on the other hand, will miss the involvement of both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. In the absence of the injured pair, the Red Devils included Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in the starting lineup.
I can't believe it. I just can't. Alonso starts. Pedro starts. My goodness...let's see how this pans out eh? https://t.co/9KI5UERlBi— Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) February 18, 2019
Alonso has something on Sarri doesn't he. He has put him in some spell or something.— James PG (@PGCFC001) February 18, 2019
Gonna be fun see Lukaku and Rashford tear Luiz & Alonso apart.
Alonso and no Hudson-Odoi. Sigh.— JB. (@JoshBroadribb) February 18, 2019
Bar Alonso this is our best team imo— Will (@Hobbsie7Fifa) February 18, 2019
Alonso starts again. When will Sarri learn! #CHEMUN— GATOR (@citizengator) February 18, 2019
Don't know what Alonso and Pedro is doing in this starting lineup? Sarri is either blind or too stubborn n stupid. He will get sacked last last— Okotie Victor (@OkotieVictor) February 18, 2019
Marco's Alonso from his LWB prime to fullback once again why not play Emerson instead #Sarriball— Zidane (@ZidaneRCF) February 18, 2019
I want sarri at Chelsea long term, but if he keeps playing Alonso then he has no one to blame but himself for the sack when he gets— sarri's balls (@RelentlessPress) February 18, 2019