Manchester United are preparing to play the biggest game of their season, the Champions League Final against Barcelona in Rome. Stay with us – we haven't suddenly become Soccer AM – we promise we have a point. Because alongside the footballers flying out to Italy were their wives and girlfriends, prompting a line-up the likes of which we haven't seen since the World Cup three years ago. Back then it was Posh – yep, she was still called that then – with hair extensions and fake tan galore, Coleen struggling to compete with straight-from-the catwalk looks bought from Cricket and Cheryl way before she got cool. But look at the WAGs now. Maybe it's the credit crunch taking effect, maybe it's just more in keeping with the times, but the women are a picture of pared-down chic. Sure Coleen's got her white Birkin (same as VB's – ooh er!), ‘Mrs Brown' Leanne Wassell has got the Alexander McQueen scarf and Miu Miu bags, Louis Vuitton luggage and Louboutins seem to be the uniform du jour – but hair and make-up is airport appropriate. And there's even a bit of high street represented in the line-up. Lisa Carrick, wife of Michael, has cleverly thrown a Topshop boyfriend blazer over her graphic tee and leggings. Let's hope their fashion efforts pay off tonight. Oh actually, who cares. Let's just see what they wear on the way home.