His pace once struck fear into the heart of defenders at Selhurst Park, but Wilfried Zaha's speed landed him in trouble when traffic cops spotted him in Coulsdon

The Manchester United winger was issued with a fixed penalty notice when police stopped his £188,000 Lamborghini Gallardo for speeding in Farthing Way on Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to Crystal Palace this summer, will be fined at least £100 and receive three points on his licence.

On his reported £35,000 a week wages he would be able to pay the fine very quickly too.

The Croydon Guardian estimates it will take him 29 minutes on the training ground to earn the money.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "On Wednesday, August 20, at approximately 11pm, traffic officers stopped a black Lamborghini Gallardo in Farthing Way and the driver, a 21-year-old man, was issued with a fixed penalty notice for speeding."

The footballer posted a photo of himself posing by a white Lamborghini Gallardo on Instagram in June.

Police could not give details on how fast Zaha's was driving on the 30mph road, known as the Coulsdon bypass.

But it is likely to have been no more than 45 mph because drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 50 per cent are usually summonsed to court.

Zaha has struggled to force his way into the Old Trafford set-up since his £15m move from Palace in January last year and spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City, who were relegated.

United manager Louis van Gaal did not include the winger, who grew up in Thornton Heath, in the squad for either of the team's first two Premier League matches this season.